The Bowes Museum | Day Out With The Kids

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle, County Durham, England

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

The young and the young-at-heart can explore The Bowes Museum through the provision of interactive games and activities throughout the Museum.

Grab yourselves a family guidebook from the Reception Desk and explore the collections to your hearts' content!

Events, including our ever-popular family fun days and art and craft workshops take place throughout the year at weekends and during the school holidays.

The new Story Garden is also open regularly for tales of adventure and feats of daring do!

The beautiful park and gardens, featuring the newly opened play area and woodland walks, are an endless source of pleasure for family visitors.

The recent addition of a nature trail complements our 'Bags of Fun' which have been filled with games and activities and can be enjoyed in the grounds.

Both are available from the Museum's Reception Desk.

From the famous Silver Swan to the infamous two-headed calf, The Bowes Museum has lots to offer on a fun filled family day out!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Onsite Onsite Shop

Getting There and Contact Information


Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP, England


Click here to visit The Bowes Museum's website
01833 690606

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Galleries and Exhibitions

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January.


Children under 16: Free

Adults: £10.50

Concessions: £9.50

Students: £6.00 

More Information


The Museum has public toilets on the first floor. An accessible toilet can be found on the ground floor along to the East side of Reception. In addition, there are public toilets outside at the rear of the building which are available from 08:00.

Baby food facilities

Baby Changing facilities can be found in the Ladies Toilet on the ground floor. Milk warming facilities are available in Cafe Bowes.

Gift shop

Our shop presents a wide range of gifts, books, cards, confectionery and mementoes including many exclusive items inspired by the collections and exhibition programme.

Eating information

Cafe Bowes is situated on the ground floor and offers a variety of hot and cold locally sourced food and drink for all visitors. The shop sells a range of snacks and goodies while the beautiful park and gardens provide the ideal environment for a relaxed picnic.