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Auckland Castle

Market Place
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7NR

Tel: +44 01388 743750

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Auckland Castle

Awards

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    175
  • Very Good
    88
  • Average
    17
  • Poor
    5
  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • arlene232014
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Chapel visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 12th August 2017
    As the Castle is being renovated only the chapel is open for visits. We visited on a Saturday, a very knowledgable gentleman of 'mature' years enthralled us with his knowledge. There's no admission... Read full review
  • honeycomber
    UK
    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

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Access Statement - Please see below

Access Information

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, 9th September 2017 - Sunday, 10th September 2017

Heritage Open Days 2017 - Auckland CastleAuckland Castle, once a private palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham is due to reopen in May 2018. In the meantime, visitors are being invited to take this opportunity to explore the Castle and St Peter’s Chapel during the construction phase, and witness the spectacular transformation as it...
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Saturday, 1st July 2017 - Saturday, 16th September 2017

Kynren - An Epic Tale of EnglandOver 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, 13th September 2017 - Wednesday, 13th September 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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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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Saturday, 25th November 2017 - Saturday, 25th November 2017

Auckland Castle - Christmas Craft Workshop: Raku Christmas Decorations with Diana NicholsGet creative this Christmas and make a special decoration for your home or a handmade gift for your friends in our fun and informal workshops, led by professional craftspeople. Raku Christmas Decorations with Diana Nichols.
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Saturday, 2nd December 2017 - Saturday, 2nd December 2017

Thursday, 14th December 2017 - Thursday, 14th December 2017

Auckland Castle - Willow ReindeerAuckland Castle - Christmas Craft Workshop: Willow Reindeer Workshop with Victoria ConnerWillow Reindeer Workshop with Victoria Conner.
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Tuesday, 5th December 2017 - Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Saturday, 9th December 2017 - Saturday, 9th December 2017

Auckland Castle - Christmas Craft Workshop: Christmas Door Garland with Victoria ConnerGet creative this Christmas and make a special decoration for your home or a handmade gift for your friends in our fun and informal workshops, led by professional craftspeople. Christmas Door Garland with Victoria Conner
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Wednesday, 6th December 2017 - Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Auckland Castle - Christmas Craft Workshop: Copper Foil Christmas Decorations with Gill McGinleyGet creative this Christmas and make a special decoration for your home or a handmade gift for your friends in our fun and informal workshops, led by professional craftspeople. Copper Foil Christmas Decorations with Gill McGinley
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Thursday, 7th December 2017 - Thursday, 7th December 2017

Auckland Castle - Christmas Craft Workshop: Christmas Candles with Neil FraterGet creative this Christmas and make a special decoration for your home or a handmade gift for your friends in our fun and informal workshops, led by professional craftspeople. Christmas Candles with Neil Frater.
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Tuesday, 12th December 2017 - Tuesday, 12th December 2017

Auckland Castle - Christmas Craft Workshop: Christmas Craft Willow with Victoria ConnerGet creative this Christmas and make a special decoration for your home or a handmade gift for your friends in our fun and informal workshops, led by professional craftspeople. Christmas Craft Willow with Victoria Conner
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Wednesday, 13th December 2017 - Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Auckland Castle - Christmas Craft Workshop: Needle Felted Gnomes with Lone HelliwellGet creative this Christmas and make a special decoration for your home or a handmade gift for your friends in our fun and informal workshops, led by professional craftspeople. Needle Felted Gnomes with Lone Helliwell
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Saturday, 30th September 2017 - Saturday, 30th September 2017

Auckland Castle: Silver Anglo Saxon Style Rings with Tanya Bentham Silver Anglo Saxon Style Rings with Tanya Bentham.
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Wednesday, 20th September 2017 - Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Auckland Castle: Make a Willow Sphere with Victoria Conner Make a Willow Sphere with Victoria Conner 
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Thursday, 7th September 2017 - Thursday, 7th September 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Carve A Celtic Knot in Limestone with Kevin Forster Workshops take place at No.42 and are suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.  For more information go to aucklandcastle.org To book email bookings@aucklandcastle.org  Call 01388 743 797 Mon-Fri 10:00 - 13:00
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Tuesday, 5th September 2017 - Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Auckland Castle Workshop - Weave a clasped Weft with Jan Beadle Weave a clasped weft with Jan Beadle.  Workshops take place at No.42 are all suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.  For more information go to aucklandcastle.org  To book email bookings@aucklandcastle.org Mon - Fri, 10-1pm 
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