Bowes Museum offers an outstanding collection of art, fashion and design housed in a beautiful French-style public musuem set in gardens and parkland just outside Barnard Castle. It was the vision of a pioneering woman, Joséphine Bowes and her husband John when in 1862 she began her museum project to share their love of art with the people of Teesdale. The Museum opened to the public in 1892.
During the year a number of special themed exhibitions, guided tours and activities for children are held, many included in your admission charge.
The museum also has a Café for you to enjoy a cuppa or a full meal before having a wander around the parkland.
Raby Castle was originally built as a Viking settlement in the 11th century. The current castle was built as a fortress for the Nevill family in the 14th century. It is surrounded by 200 acres of parkland where herds of red and fallow deer live wild.
There is a Yurt cafe offering a menu of sweet and savoury food. Children of all ages will love the latest innovation – The Plotters’ Forest – a thrilling mix of challenge, discovery and intrigue as you explore ground-level forest trails, climb to high walkways and towers. Will you be a Plucky Plotter or a Rotten Rebel?
Open Air Pageant
Â The BIG! Little Museum.
Go underground at Killhope.
Home of Weardale railway
A calming oasis.
A Palace fit for Kings, built for Prince Bishops
Durham Dales Centre Gift Shop, DCC: Hamsterley Forest, The Forestry CommissionÂ - J. McFarland: Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Killhope Image Library: Museum Investigators, The Weardale Museum: Stanhope Station, The Weardale Railway Trust: Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool, P. Thompson
The BIG little Museum, D. Heatherington: Courtyard Shopping, Durham County Council: A calming oasis, The Forestry Commission, J. McFarlane: Go Underground at Killhope, Killhope Image Library: Home of the Polar Express, Weardale Railway Trust: Heathed Outdoor Swimming, P. Thompson : Auckland Castle