The entrance to The Bowes Museum


The Bowes Museum welcomes groups and coaches, and has a dedicated Groups Co-ordinator to help you plan a fantastic day out, designed especially for your group.

There are many advantages to booking in a group*, including:

- Discounted admission rate of £7.00 per person, for groups of 12 or more. 

- Free admission for your group organiser

- Free admission and a Café Bowes voucher for your coach driver 

- Complimentary guided tour for your group 

- Free coach parking on hard standing

- Free preview visit for you and a guest

Groups of 20 or more can also enjoy free exclusive use of the luxurious Jubilee Room, splendidly decorated with silks and a chandelier, and with views over the beautiful surrounding Teesdale countryside. Group dining is the most convenient way to make your visit special- please browse our delicious menu here. Groups are also welcome to visit Café Bowes at their leisure.

Specialist groups will enjoy a gallery talk by one of the Museum's curators. Curator talks are available Monday-Friday, subject to availability and are charged at £60.00 per hour, please contact us for more information.

Barnard Castle is a short walk from the Museum, and groups with a relaxed itinerary will enjoy browsing the wide range of independent shops in this most attractive and historic market town.

To book your group visit,  or for more information and some helpful local knowledge, please contact our friendly Groups Co-ordinator on 01833 694615 or 

“We had a wonderful time at the Museum yesterday so a big thank you to you and all the other charming and helpful people we met. The Museum was amazing and I feel sure many of the choir will be returning to spend more time browsing and enjoying the beautiful rooms and exhibits. Thank you for all your enthusiasm and work which ensured it was a memorable occasion for us.”
Gaynor, Ladybrook Singers

To find out what other groups have enjoyed during their visit to The Bowes Museum, more testimonials are available here.

* Please note that the benefits available on this page are not all available to school group visits. Please see the Education pages of this website for more information on what we can offer school groups.