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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:

  • 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
  • Gail C
    Durham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Auckland Castle - steeped in history and beautiful grounds
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 31st March 2017
    I live locally, and Auckland Castle and it's grounds are beautiful. Enjoyed many an afternoon with family and grandchildren visiting the deer house and taking in the lovely grounds in the park... Read full review



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

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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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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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Wednesday, 7th June 2017 - Wednesday, 7th June 2017

Auckland Castle - Make A Felted Picture Make a picture out of felt using a selection of dyed wool. Please bring an apron.  All materials provided.  For more information or to book email or call 01388 743 797.
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Wednesday, 14th June 2017 - Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Auckland Castle - English Patchwork Discover and learn the techniques of English Patchwork in this workshop. For more information or to book email or call 01388 743 797.
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Saturday, 17th June 2017 - Sunday, 18th June 2017

Auckland Castle - Letter Carving In Stone In this workshop, join Peter Graham, to learn how to carve letters in stone.   For more information or to book email or call 01388 743 797.
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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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Saturday, 17th June 2017 - Saturday, 17th June 2017

Auckland Castle - Basket Weaving Discover and learn the art of Basket Weaving in this workshop, with instructor Victoria Conner of Willow Barn. For more information or to book email or call 01388 743 797.
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Saturday, 17th June 2017 - Saturday, 17th June 2017

Auckland Castle - Blacksmith A Rams Head Poker In this workshop, participants will work alongside tutor, Adrian Wood to make a Rams Heads Poker.  
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Saturday, 27th May 2017 - Saturday, 27th May 2017

Auckland Castle - Leaded Glass Panel Learn the basic skills of how to cut glass, leadd the cut glass and solder lead joints to create a beautiful small stained glass panel of your own.  The course is aimed at beginners with glass artist, Gillian McGinley.
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Wednesday, 21st June 2017 - Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Auckland Castle - Glass Fusing WorkshopLearn how the Heritage Skill of Glass Fusing in this workshop. With Gill McCinley, create a piece to take home with you.
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