Places to visit
The Bowes Museum represents the love story of John & Josephine Bowes and their shared passion for art, collecting and design.
The Museum was purpose-built as a public art gallery for John Bowes, the illegitimate son of John Bowes the 10th Earl of Strathmore, and Kinghorne, and his wife Josephine Benoite, Countess of Montalbo, who both died before it opened in 1892.
At the head of the bank is a truly original sight, the octagonal 'Market Cross' a gift to the town from Thomas Breaks built in 1747.
Known affectionately in its alter ego as the 'Butter Mart' it suffers from the modern scourge of traffic as it now reluctantly accepts its role as roundabout, a far cry from its previous roles as seller of dairy produce, Gaol and Fire Station.
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When you come to Barnard castle you are in the ancient capital of Teesdale.
A town with a history going back to the Norman Conquest, for the castle round which the town has grown up and which still dominates its charming position on the bank of the Tees, was built on land which was given by William Rufus, about the year 1093 to Guy de Baliol, who had come to England with the Conqueror (William I).
Google Map of the castle.
Flash Map of the castle.
History of the castle and the Baliol family.
Flatts Woods, a picturesque walk through roughly three quarters of a mile of mature woodland.
A stream called Percy Beck follows you on your walk, you will cross it several times over wooden bridges as the stream meanders through the woods.
Branching off from the main route are other paths leading to different areas of the woods just tempting you to explore them.
Flatts Woods Google Map
Flatts Woods Picture Map