The Bowes Museum, Teesdale, County Durham

Today I did a lot of exploring in and around the town of Barnard Castle, about six miles south of where we were staying this weekend in Romaldkirk. I took photos of many different things from old castles to huge waterfalls. Disappointingly the weather wasn’t quite as good as yesterday although I was lucky enough to get half an hour of blue sky behind the magnificent looking Bowes Museum. I just love this French style of architecture and massive gardens in front of the museum. It was opened in 1892 as a purpose-built public art gallery for John Bowes. I decided not to go inside the museum due to the range of other attractions I wanted to see and photograph in the area (and in part due to the high cost of entry to the gallery). Still, this is a great looking museum and is less than a mile out of Barnard Castle.

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