Known as the gateway to Weardale, Bishop Auckland is a bustling market town standing high above a meander in the River Wear with commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
The historic town centre has a thriving arts and cultural offering, with the Bishop Auckland Town Hall home to a superb library, cinema, theatre and arts complex. A shoppers’ delight, Bishop Auckland has over 200 shops - head for Fore Bondgate for boutiques and specialist shops that you won’t find on the high street.
And after a busy day, sample the delights of one of the many cosy cafés to help keep the energy levels up!
Walk from the town centre straight into the beautiful grounds of the magnificent Auckland Castle, the country residence of the Prince Bishops for centuries and still the official home of the Bishop of Durham. Surrounding the Castle are the 800 acres of the Bishop's Deer Park - a great place for a summer picnic or an autumnal stroll through vividly coloured parkland.
A mile from the town are the remains of Binchester Roman Fort, home to the best preserved Roman military bath house in Britain. And at Escomb, visitors can see one of the finest examples of early Christian architecture in Northern Europe at the restored 7th Century Escomb Saxon Church.