Durham Museum and Heritage Centre, St Mary-le-Bow, North Bailey, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3ET

St Mary-le-Bow was once the parish church of North Bailey, closed in 1968, and now leased to the Bow Trust who run it as a museum of local and social history of the City of Durham. The building has medieval origins but was restored in the 17th century following the collapse of the tower. It is Grade I listed and contains fine woodwork influenced by Bishop John Cosin. The Museum has displays and collections from the 17th century to the present day. A new special exhibition this year 'Brancepeth Castle-The Shapes, Gates and Gardens' will be prepared by the Brancepeth Archive Group.

The Museum has some children's activities and a selection of replica brasses for children to do their own rubbings (small charge for rubbings).

Opening Times

  • Thursday 10 September: 1100 - 1630

Booking Details

No booking required


No vehicle access to peninsula


The building is situated near the east end of the Cathedral at the junction of North Bailey and Bow Lane. Access from the Market Place via Saddler Street and North Bailey or from Kingsgate Bridge and Bow Lane.



Date last modified: 26th June 2015 at 14:31

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