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Auckland Castle

Market Place
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7NR

Tel: +44 01388 743750

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Auckland Castle


  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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  • honeycomber
    Superb - You must Visit....
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th June 2017
    Check out my profile and you will see I get around a bit, that said we live a mile or so from Auckland Castle and for whatever reason have never visited. We somehow stumbled in last Saturday... Read full review
  • Heidi A
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Surprised at how interesting a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 12th May 2017
    thought we would stop by as we had some spare time and really pleased that we did, there was so much to do for all the family and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time, interactive and interesting and... Read full review
  • Rastas69
    Trip Type:
    The Pride of the Prince Bishops
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th April 2017
    Visitors to Co Durham oft head straight to Durham City, the Cathedral, Castle and River walks. Others go off in search of the mining heritage of Beamish Museum but in doing so they miss out on a... Read full review



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Opening Times

Auckland Castle Park (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Kindly note: the Castle is now closed for restoration, however keep a look out as we will have many activities throughout 2017.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A1(M). From the A1(M) take the A689 to Bishop Auckland.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Bishop Auckland Station. Proceed along Newgate Street to the Market Place and castle is through clock tower gate in far corner of the square.

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Saturday, 1st July 2017 - Saturday, 16th September 2017

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England Over 100,000 people will come to County Durham this summer to experience ‘Kynren - an epic tale of England’, Bishop Auckland’s live action extravaganza, the mesmerising show that takes you on a whistle stop tour of 2,000 years of history, myth and legend.
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Thursday, 23rd March 2017 - Saturday, 28th October 2017

Auckland Castle - Past & Future Tours Just outside the Castle walls, in Bishop Auckland Market Place, we will be hosting a number of past, present and future tours, outlining the history of some of the town’s most beautiful buildings and providing an insight into how many are now being transformed as part of the Trust’s multi-million...
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Saturday, 27th May 2017 - Sunday, 17th December 2017

Auckland Castle - Behind the ScenesVisitors are being given the chance to go behind closed doors and take a look inside the £17m restoration of Auckland Castle in our Behind the Scenes tours, giving visitors a peek inside each stage of the spectacular transformation, with new details unveiled as work progresses.
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Saturday, 27th May 2017 - Sunday, 17th December 2017

Auckland Castle - St Peter's Chapel Tours Join our knowledgeable guides in these 45 min tours exploring the history of the chapel, with anecdotes of the bishops who worshiped here and stories of the Northern Saints featured in the magnificent stained glass windows.
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Saturday, 16th September 2017 - Sunday, 17th September 2017

Auckland Castle - Craft Skills FestivalSee demonstrations, talk to the experts and try your hand at a range of heritage building and traditional crafts. There’s also food and craft stalls and children’s activities all weekend. A great day out for the whole family.
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Friday, 17th November 2017 - Sunday, 19th November 2017

Auckland Castle - Christmas Food and Craft MarketAuckland Castle’s three day Christmas Food and Craft Market will be running between Friday 17 and Sunday 19 November 2017. This will see more than 40 food producers and artisan craftspeople laying out their stalls with a wonderful selection of unique gifts and speciality goods.
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Wednesday, 28th June 2017 - Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Carve an Arts and Crafts TulipCarve your own Arts & Crafts Tulip from stone in this hands-on workshop. Suitable for over 16’s or under 16’s accompanied by an adult.
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Thursday, 29th June 2017 - Thursday, 29th June 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - IlluminationIn this workshop, attendees will use acid-free paper, 24ct gold leaf & paint, to produce a Celtic inspired design A card mount and card frame will also be provided.
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Friday, 30th June 2017 - Friday, 30th June 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Making SpoonsOne day course suitable for beginners with Maurice Pyle. Carving a spoon, ladle or scoop from a split piece of green round wood is an immensely satisfying and creative process, crafting an item of practical use bringing joy every time it’s used.
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Wednesday, 5th July 2017 - Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Felting - Picture and 3D CaseMake a picture out of felt using a selection of dyed wool.  Develop this using the same method to make a 3D item of your choice. Please bring an apron.  All materials provided.
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Thursday, 6th July 2017 - Thursday, 6th July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Blacksmith a Dragon Head Coat HookJoin Adrian Wood, artist Blacksmith for an introduction to blacksmithing. Once the fires are lit and the health and safety chat out of the way we will get straight down to the business of hammering some hot steel.  You will take away two items – a snail keyring and a dragon head coat hook.
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Wednesday, 12th July 2017 - Thursday, 13th July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Traditional Round Basket with Side Handles (2 days)In this two-day workshop, you will be making a traditional gypsy/frame basket. We will create this from locally grown willow using simple weaving techniques. A perfect basket for gathering your produce.
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Saturday, 15th July 2017 - Saturday, 15th July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Traditional Pole Lathe - Green Wood TurningOn this day you will be introduced to working fresh, unseasoned wood from the log to make simple turned objects using a pole lathe.
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Wednesday, 19th July 2017 - Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Medieval Encaustic Inlaid TilesAncient pots are filled with clues about the lives of the craftspeople that created them and used them. Join Graham Taylor, a potter, experimental archaeologist, ancient pottery technology specialist and tv pottery expert to bring pots to life, recreating the processes that went into their...
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Saturday, 22nd July 2017 - Saturday, 22nd July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Weave a Pointed TwillWoven on a table loom there are a range weaving techniques will be used in this workshop, and it’s suitable for all beginners.
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Wednesday, 26th July 2017 - Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Make a Leaded GlassLearn the skills of how to cut glass, lead the cut glass and solder-lead joints to create a beautiful pre-designed stained glass panel with glass artist Gillian McGinley.
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Thursday, 27th July 2017 - Thursday, 27th July 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Basic Medieval Gold-Work EmbroideryThis workshop is a one day class exploring the goldwork embroidery techniques used from the Anglo-Saxon era of St Cuthbert right through until the golden age of opus Anglicanum. You will produce a compact lozenge shaped sampler which can be converted into a beautiful piece of jewellery.
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Sunday, 27th August 2017 - Sunday, 27th August 2017

Auckland Castle Trail RaceThe run will take you past the Walled Garden, into the park, where you can take in its natural beauty as well sites such as the Deer House. At approximately five miles it includes all terrain, trail and forest. All runners must pre-register.
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Sunday, 27th August 2017 - Sunday, 27th August 2017

Auckland Castle Fun RunCoinciding with the Auckland Castle Trail Race, families and children can join in a two mile Fun Run to enjoy the parkland. Runners must be under 16 years, however under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult. All runners must pre-register.
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