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Auckland Castle

Market Place
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7NR

Tel: +44 01388 743750

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Auckland Castle


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousNorth East England Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Silver North East England Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Silver 2015


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • Deborah Lynn C
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Lovely location and the home if the fabulous Kynren.
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 21st March 2017
    Small castle with large grounds. Located in the historic little town. Good local amenities. Great to visit if you are watching the Kynren performance. That is a must see. Read full review
  • 458janicew
    Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Auckland Castle visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 14th March 2017
    I recently visited Auckland Castle with family and friends. You need the guide book to fully appreciate everything on display and the history behind it. There is a special children's education... Read full review
  • Graeme H
    Durham, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Auckland Castle Trust Develops Plans
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 28th February 2017
    Work is well underway in the Castle Grounds; Building a huge Conference Hall from already laid, Founds. To the front of the Gates a 'Welcome' Building will soon arise; The design of which is well... 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 April 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

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

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England In the Summer of 2017, the town will burst into life once again with the return of Eleven Arches 'Kynren - an epic tale of England' - the show is set to be even bigger, better and brighter than before!
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Thursday, 6th April 2017 - Thursday, 6th April 2017

Make an Easter basket at Auckland CastleAuckland Castle - Make an Easter BasketA one day workshop making a traditional gypsy/frame basket, created from locally grown willow using simple weaving techniques.
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Wednesday, 5th April 2017 - Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Auckland Castle: Scandinavian Knitting TechniquesJoin fibre artist Lone Helliwell to learn the speedy Scandinavian methods of how to cast on, knit and purl to make a pair of fingerless gloves. All materials and knitting needles provided.
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Tuesday, 25th April 2017 - Tuesday, 25th April 2017

Auckland Castle: Become a WeaverIf you have never done weaving before or dabbled just a little and are still not getting the hang of it this 2 day course is for you, become a weaver and learn how to use a four shaft loom. Jan will cover how to plan, set up a loom and create your own fabric. All equipment provided.
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Sunday, 18th June 2017 - Sunday, 18th June 2017

Auckland Castle - Father’s Day Hip Flask Making Treat your dad to a Father’s Day pottery making experience, where you will work together to create a ceramic hip flask courtesy of Muddy Fingers Pottery.
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Saturday, 1st April 2017

Auckland Castle - Make a Willow Easter Rabbit Join willow artist Victoria Conner to weave a wonderful willow chicken or duck.
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Tuesday, 11th April 2017 - Tuesday, 11th April 2017

Auckland Castle - Willow DragonflyGet creative and make yourself a wonderful elegant dragonfly for your garden or pond. Learn the basic skills and techniques of willow weaving to create a decorative piece up to five foot long.
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Thursday, 27th April 2017 - Thursday, 27th April 2017

Auckland Castle - Celtic Knotwork Stone CarvingJoin stone mason, Kevin Forster to learn how to use masonry tools and the basic skills needed to carve a Celtic knot design in limestone.
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Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 - Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Auckland Castle - Make a Gargoyle for your Garden Make a decorative wall planter, Green Man or even a water feature for your garden, patio or terrace under the guidance of Potted History’s Graham Taylor.
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Thursday, 4th May 2017 - Thursday, 4th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Garden Willow Supports Spend the day creating willow plant supports for climbing plants and perennials, including two versions for you to take home.
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Friday, 5th May 2017 - Friday, 5th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Making Spoons Carve a spoon, ladle or scoop from a split piece of green round wood in beginners level workshop led by Maurice Pyle.
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Saturday, 6th May 2017 - Saturday, 6th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Silver Wire Earrings or Pendant Learn how to manipulate wire, first in copper, then silver, to create earrings or a pendant with flowing shapes.
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Wednesday, 10th May 2017 - Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Weave a Willow Piglet Make a willow piglet for your garden with tuition from Victoria Conner.
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Thursday, 11th May 2017 - Thursday, 11th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Beasties Embroidery Create an embroidered medieval insect or small animal, known as a beastie, using the technique employed for the Bayeux tapestry and authentic naturally dyed wools.
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Saturday, 13th May 2017 - Saturday, 13th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Weave a TartanWeave your own contemporary twist on Tartan using a four shaft loom.
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Saturday, 13th May 2017 - Saturday, 13th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Blacksmith a Dragon Head Coat Hook Join artist blacksmith, Adrian Wood, for an introduction to blacksmithing. Participants will create their own snail keyring and a dragon head coat hook to take away.
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Saturday, 1st April 2017

Rosemary Shrager - Bishop Auckland Food FestivalSee the inimitable Rosemary Shrager will be cooking up a storm in the demonstration kitchen, using the very best of Durham produce. Booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
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Thursday, 23rd March 2017 - Saturday, 28th October 2017

Auckland Castle - Past & Present Tours Introducing 'PAST AND PRESENT TOURS' at Auckland Castle! Every Thursday 12.30-1.30pm, Friday 2pm-3pm Saturday 11am-12pm
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Saturday, 1st April 2017

Tom & Henry Herbert From The Hobbs House Bakery: Bishop Auckland Food FestivalThe wonderful Tom and Henry Herbert (stars of Channel 4’s Fabulous Baker Brothers) make a welcome return to BAFF, but this time they're are inviting you into the kitchen. Learn how to make soda bread and flavoured butter then choose your perfect filling for the ultimate sandwich.
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

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Sunday, 2nd April 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Richard Fox: Bishop Auckland Food FestivalThe fabulous Foxy is back, and will guide you through the creation of some delicious cold dishes in a series of masterclasses.
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Adult Chocolate Making Workshops with Truly Tempting Chocolate: Bishop Auckland Food FestivalA must for all you chocoholics out there! Learn how to make caramel filled chocolates and hand roll your very own dark chocolate truffles, then bag them up to take home to impress your friends (or scoff on your own!).
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Children's Chocolate Making Workshops with Truly Tempting Chocolate: Bishop Auckland Food FestivalChildrens Workshops - pipe a chocolate lollipop and make a chocolate covered marshmallow caterpillar. Childrens classes are suitable for ages 6 and over, but children must be accompanied by an adult.  
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