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The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

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4.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web
The Bowes Museum boasts a renowned collection of fine and decorative art in the surroundings of a sumptuous French château. Highlights include paintings by El Greco, Francisco Goya, Canaletto, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and François Boucher, as well as early works by French glassmaker Émile Gallé. Watch the 18th-century Silver Swan automaton preen itself, and wander through the extensive collections of decorative art, costume displays, ceramics, textiles, and tapestries. A cafe offers both light meals and heartier fare, or you can picnic outdoors in the museum's verdant parkland. The surrounding woodlands, children's playground, and seasonal outdoor events complete the experience. Put The Bowes Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Barnard Castle holiday planner.
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  • Spent a few days there well worth a visit loads of shops at decent prices, places to eat [ try the Redwell Inn just outside the town on the way to High Falls ]. Great food. 
  • What a Fab exhibition!! Visited with three girlfriends, one who is a designer shoe expert & we were blown away by the content of the exhibits... well done to the The Bowes Museum, another triumph!!! 
  • I visited this museum last week on a friend's recommendation. There are a couple of outstanding Canalettos there. There is also a Turner although it was out on loan when I visited so I didn't see it. ...  read more »
  • Great place to spend the afternoon when it's rainy, and in its gardens when it's sunny. If the weather is good, , once you leave the museum by car, take a left, then right at the traffic light. Once you cross the bridge keep an eye on your right hand a side, you will find a beautiful top view of the ruins and the river.
  • Best school trip ever! I'm from Cockaton Hill Juniors School and I came here on the 21st April 2016 Xx love the swan by the way! X
  • Bowes Museum holds a lot of lovely childhood memories for me, but after visiting recently I can say I'm actually quite disappointed. We visited to see the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition, he's my favorite designer and we're a big SL household - however, I was upset to find how poorly curated it was and how crowded the space was also. There was little fluidity in the way in which the clothing had been displayed, in one room pieces were even mixed in with the museums permanent collection - which proved confusing to those who weren't very aware of the brand. The museum architecture is beautiful, without a doubt, but each room just seems to have bits and pieces crammed into it. One room for china - pots and plates collected by the family, silver - more dishes and spoons, the portraits are beautiful to admire for the artistry but again, covering the walls of two rooms lacking in atmosphere. Even the entrance hall which was once open, airy and home to the famous silver swan has been downsized for a tacky gift shop and huge entrance ticket desk. They've ruined a once magical place. It's so out of date and dull, not to mention absolutely overpriced for what's actually there.
  • BUt............. a big on no for the that waitress there. The cafe/restran nightmare I was not impressed at all. We arrived and waited to be seated. Nothing wrong with that. By now after a long wait and the the because There was nobody taking king charge of the situation. I have worked in Fewnwck on the service for a many years. The staff do not care. Also our order was taken after other people after we sat at our table. Ask your employee front of everyone why he tried to mop up the spillage in front of us???? What no mop??? He worked the spillage with his shoe and paper.
  • It is not just a vist if it is raining but a vist anytime. It take 2 to 3 hours well worth the entrance fee. Plus Y S L fashion show display was on really enjoyed it.
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