Known as the gateway to Weardale, Bishop Auckland is a bustling market town in the Vale of Durham, standing high above a meander in the River Wear with commanding views of the surrounding countryside.
Walk from the town centre straight into the beautiful grounds of the magnificent Auckland Castle, the country residence of the Prince Bishops for more than 900 years. And don't miss the annual Bishop Auckland Food Festival which takes place in the castle grounds every April.
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. The Castle is set for major developments in 2016 and beyond,
The town is set for major developments over the next few years, with a new welcome building at Auckland Castle, a new Museum extension, an institute of Spanish art and culture, and the redevelopment of the 17th Century Walled Garden which will feature stunning new glasshouses providing 'garden rooms' restaurant and event spaces.
And in the summer of 2016, the town will burst into life as Eleven Arches presents ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’ - its eagerly awaited £31 million open-air live action night show. Opening on 2nd July 2016, Kynren will be rolled out as 14 action-packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions across the summer.
Presented by 1000 cast and crew, Kynren will take audiences on an epic storytelling journey through 2,000 years. Performed on a 7½ acre stage incorporating a full size lake, with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects all part of the mix, this will be a spectacle in the true sense of the word!
Bishop Auckland's 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. Plus, the town has more than 200 shops - head for 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!
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, you can see one of the finest examples of early Christian architecture in Northern Europe at the restored 7th Century Escomb Saxon Church.