Pre-Raphaelite Knights Reinventing the Medieval World

1 Feb 2020 – 3 May 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Enjoy unlimited entry at The Bowes Museum and temporary exhibitions all year around.

Adult - £14
Concession (Over 60) - £12
Family Pass - 2 Adults (Up to 4 Children Under 18) - £30
Family Pass - 1 Adult (Up to 4 Children Under 18) - £16
Students (day entry only, on production of student card) - £6
Young People (under 18 - day entry only) - £5

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Barnard Castle
England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus Services from Barnard Castle from Darlington (Arriva 75, 76 and 70), Bishop Auckland (Arriva 80) and Richmond (Arriva 79)
  • 17 miles from Darlington rail station on the East coast main line.
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Explore a world of medieval myths and legends, of tales of heroic deeds and chivalric honour; for the most part the knights depicted by the Pre-Raphaelites in the 19th century were lovers as well as fighters. Masterworks by Rossetti, Millais and Burne Jones bring these tales and myths to life.


This Spring come and see how the Victorian's imagined a world of fairy tales, fantasy, myths and legends.

This exhibition will include paintings from prestigious UK collections including the Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Art Gallery  and Manchester Art Gallery featuring maidens in distress, knights in armour, saints and chivalry with romance and whimsy in galore.  

The Pre-Raphaelite movement was a secret brotherhood of painters, writers and poets who rebelled against the promotion of painters like Raphael, whose work they thought looked unreal.

Along with paintings by Rossetti, Millais, and Holman Hunt among others, there will also be suits of armour, illustrated editions of books by William Morris and Alfred Tennyson and interactive displays.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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