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The Old Well Inn
The Old Well Inn

21 The Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8PH

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (24 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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The Cricketer's Arms
The Cricketer's Arms

50 Galgate, Barnard Castle DL12 8BH

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Barnard Castle, this inn is within a 15-minute walk of Barnard Castle and Bowes Museum. Egglestone Abbey is 2 mi …

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Fernaville's Rest
Fernaville's Rest

Whorlton, Barnard Castle DL12 8XD

3.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Situated in Barnard Castle, this inn is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from The Garage Spa and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bowes Museum and …

£50
Forresters Hotel and Restaurant
Forresters Hotel and Restaurant

52-53 Market Place, Barnard Castle DL12 0QH

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Located in Middleton in Teesdale, this inn is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from High Force and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bowes Museum and …

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Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel
Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel

Walworth, Darlington DL2 2LY

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (23 reviews)

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

£52
The Aclet
The Aclet

Brooklands, Bishop Auckland DL14 6PW

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2.5 out of 5 (6 reviews)

Situated in Bishop Auckland, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex and Heritage Park Stadium. Dee …

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The Castle Tavern
The Castle Tavern

3 Market Place, Richmond DL10 4HU

3.5 out of 5.0
3.8 out of 5 (82 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this inn is steps from Green Howards Museum and Richmond Castle. Richmond Market Place …

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Woodland Guest House
Woodland Guest House

36 Woodland Terrace, Darlington DL3 9NU

3.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (83 reviews)

Located in the heart of Darlington, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Raby Castle, Darlington Railway Centre and Museu …

£49
Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel
Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel

9-12 Priestgate, Darlington DL1 1NW

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4.2 out of 5 (201 reviews)

Located in the heart of Darlington, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Cuthbert Church, Raby Castle, and Darlingto …

£47
Holiday Inn Darlington - North A1M
Holiday Inn Darlington - North A1M

Newton Park, Darlington DL1 3NL

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (148 reviews)

Located in Coatham Mundeville, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Planet Leisure and within 6 mi (10 km) of Darlington Railwa …

£45
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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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