The Auckland Project

Experience over a thousand years of history, art, culture and faith, within the beautiful surroundings of The Auckland Project.

The jewel in Bishop Auckland’s crown, Auckland Castle, is reopening on Saturday 2 November 2019, following three years of multi-million pound conservation works. 

The State Rooms and Bishop’s private apartments will return to their Gothic splendour following research in to the colour of the walls, the furniture and textiles that filled the rooms and how each space would have originally been used. 

It will also include the Bishop’s Kitchen café, a shop and the Bishop Trevor Gallery. Housed in the North Apartments of Auckland Castle, the gallery presents treasured pieces of art from private and esteemed collections. 

The Auckland Project journey

On arrival we recommend you start your visit at Auckland Tower, where you’ll receive a warm welcome and can purchase tickets. 

You can then climb the 15-metre-high viewing tower and take a bird’s eye view across the Deer Park, Castle and town. On the way down, discover a special exhibition looking at the origins of Auckland Castle and its historical residents, the mighty Prince Bishops.

The Mining Art Gallery is home to the Gemini Collection, which contains more than 420 pieces of mining art. The gallery displays work by a wealth of artists, many of whom worked in the Great Northern Coalfield, including Tom McGuinness, Norman Cornish and Bob Olley. 

Other exciting developments due to open over the coming years include the Faith Museum, Spanish Gallery and Walled Garden.