Bowes Museum

Bowes Museum


The Bowes Museum is another popular County Durham tourist attraction with our guests. When you enter the grounds, please take a moment to two to appreciate the stunning building from the outside! It takes your breath away!

 Bowes Museum is set in acres of beautiful parkland .... perfect for picnics or gentle woodland walks and for little ones to explore.


Bowes Museum is a French chateau created in the late 19th Century by John and Josephine Bowes and is home to an impressive European fine and decorative arts including works from Courbet, Monticelli, Caneletto, Turner, Goya, Monet and Gainsborough. There are also more collections including:

  - an amazing ceramics collection

 - as well as a fashion and textiles collection,

 - silver and metals collection which includes the iconic Silver Swan, an 18th century musical automaton which plays every day at 2pm sharp!

Some of the collections have small table and chairs for little ones to try and draw their own version of the paintings.

There are so many things to see and Bowes Museum and it is ideal for young at heart and the young too!

Top Tip: The Silver Swan at 2pm is a must! It is on for only 2 minutes so get there early!

Don't forget to visit the cafe for coffee and cake or light lunches and snacks.

Enjoy your visit.

Low Urpeth Farm is about 45-50 minutes drive from Bowes Museum.

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