Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

BOWES MUSEUM AND BARNARD CASTLE


EXPLORE A BEAUTIFUL ENGLISH HERITAGE SITE & MARKET TOWN

Visit the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, home to the Bowes Museum and the English Heritage Castle itself. Less than an hour’s drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham, this delightful town is an ideal half day excursion for all.
 
What to do and see in Barnard Castle
Experience the market town’s antique shops and foodie delights as you stroll the streets and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
 

  • Barnard Castle – the market town
Ideal for both walking and cycling, the market town invites you to explore its quaint streets and local charms.
  • Visit the monthly farmer’s market at the Market Place
  • Savour delicious locally inspired meals at the various restaurants, cafes and pubs
  • Purchase a unique piece at one of the wonderful antique boutiques or independent shops on the town’s high street
 
  • Barnard Castle
Sitting high above the River Tees, this English Heritage site is named after its founder, Bernard de Balliol, and is fun for the whole family.
  • Visit the sensory garden full of beautiful, scented plants and view Richard III’s boar emblem
  • Enjoy the spectacular and soothing view of the River Tees 
 
  • Bowes Museum
Commissioned by John and Josephine Bowes in the 19th century French-style chateau, the Bowes Museum stands as a testament to their love for each other and fine art. Enjoy a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits a quick 5-minute walk from the Barnard Castle.
  • Visit the museum’s iconic and unique, life-size Silver Swan – a musical automaton built in 1773 which performs every afternoon at 14:00
  • Collections include works by Canaletto, El Greco and Goya
  • Explore the Fashion & Textile Gallery with exhibits featuring top fashion icons
 
Plan your visit from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham
  • Barnard Castle
  • Opening hours:
    • 10:00 – 18:00 (April – October)
    • 10:00 – 17:00 (October)
    • 10:00 – 16:00 (Saturday & Sunday / November – April)
    • Closed 24-26 December inclusive
  • Entrance fee:
    • Children (5-15 years): £3.20
    • Adult: £5.40
    • Concessions: £4.90
  • Bowes Museum
  • Opening hours:
    • 10:00 – 17:00 (free Daily Tours running 30 April – 31 October from reception)
    • Café Bowes 10:00 – 16:30
    • Closed 25, 26 December and 1 January
  • Entrance fee:
    • Children (Under 16 years): Free
    • Carers: Free
    • Students (On production of Student Card): £6.00
    • Concessions (Over 60): £9.50
    • Adults: £10.50