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The Three Horseshoes Hotel
The Three Horseshoes Hotel

5-7 Galgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8EQ

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4.7 out of 5 (76 reviews)

Located in the heart of Barnard Castle, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum. Egglestone …

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Homelands Guest House
Homelands Guest House

85 Galgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8ES

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4.8 out of 5 (51 reviews)

Situated in Barnard Castle, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum. Egglestone Abbey i …

£85
The Old Well Inn
The Old Well Inn

21 The Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH

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4.1 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum. Egglestone Abbey …

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Redworth Hall Hotel
Redworth Hall Hotel

Redworth, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6NL

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3.9 out of 5 (279 reviews)

This family-friendly Newton Aycliffe hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of National Railway Museum at Shildon, Sweet Greetings, an …

£70
Strathmore Lawn East - Guest house
Strathmore Lawn East - Guest house

81 Galgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8ES

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4.6 out of 5 (18 reviews)

Situated in Barnard Castle, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum. Egglestone Abbey i …

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The White Swan
The White Swan

51 High St, Gilling West, Richmond DL10 5JG

Situated in Richmond, this inn is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Richmondshire Museum and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Richmond Castle. Georgia …

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Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel
Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel

Walworth, Darlington DL2 2LY

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4.1 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Located in the heart of Darlington, this eco-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Raby Castle, Darlington Railway Centr …

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The Commercial Hotel
The Commercial Hotel

12 Galgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8BG

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3.6 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Situated in Barnard Castle, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum. Egglestone Abbey is 1.9 m …

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The Morritt Country House Hotel & The Garage Spa
The Morritt Country House Hotel & The Garage Spa

Greta Bridge, Barnard Castle DL12 9SE

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4 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from The Garage Spa and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Egglestone Abbey …

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The Charles Bathurst Inn
The Charles Bathurst Inn

Arkengarthdale, Richmond DL11 6EN

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4.5 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in a national park, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Stef Ottevanger Sculptures, Swaledale Museum, and Foxglove …

£95
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Pocket Guide: Barnard Castle Bowes Museum Hotels

The Bowes Museum offers one of the most comprehensive collections of European art in Britain, showcasing thousands of masterpieces from critically acclaimed artists. The museum is in the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle, near the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is close to several charming inns and bed and breakfast venues in the town, as well as other hotels in nearby Bishop Auckland and Darlington.

More about the Bowes Museum

The collection is divided into several themed galleries ranging from the decorative arts to fashion and textiles. You can also visit the John and Joséphine Galleries, which includes the early collections of the museum's founders, John Bowes and his wife Joséphine. These galleries also features many of the luxury furniture items that John and Joséphine had collected when they lived in the Château du Barry near Paris in the mid-19th century.

Housed in a Charismatic French-Style Château

Before you've even set foot in this museum, it's impossible not to admire the beauty of the building itself, which was designed in the late-19th century by the acclaimed French architect Jules Pellechet, who also designed several Neo-Classical buildings in Paris.

See the Famous Silver Swan

Dating back to the late-18th century, The Silver Swan is a unique musical automation comprising a life-sized swan with clockwork mechanisms that can be wound up to allow the music to play. John Bowes purchased the Silver Swan from the eminent Parisian jeweller M. Briquet in 1872, after having been captivated by the item when it was showcased at the Paris International Exposition in 1867.

Relax at the Bowes Museum's Wonderful Grounds

The parks and gardens are also designed in a charismatic French theme, and include scenic woodland walks, children's play facilities, and plenty of open space for picnics. The grounds are often used for theatre performances, markets and other festivals, and are particularly rich in bird life.

With WiFi available in virtually every hotel room near the Bowes Museum, you'll have no problem researching other local places of interest and upcoming events. Many rooms are also equipped with en-suite bathrooms, mini-bars, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

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