The Auckland Project is a visitor destination located in the market town of Bishop Auckland. Opening over the next two years, The Auckland Project will be a place that captures the imagination. Centred in and around 900-year-old Auckland Castle, once home to the mighty Prince Bishops of Durham, it will also include a Spanish Gallery and restaurant, Faith Museum, Mining Art Gallery, Auckland Tower visitor centre, re-imagined Walled Garden and Deer Park.
Auckland Tower – open
Mining Art Gallery – open
Deer Park – open
Auckland Castle – in development
Spanish Gallery – in development
Walled Garden – in development
Faith Museum – in development
Auckland Castle was one of the primary homes of the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham. It was where they came to hunt and entertain, among the landscape of the surrounding parklands. It also houses Jacob and his Twelve Sons, a rare cycle of paintings by Spanish master painter Francisco de Zurbarán. The Castle is currently undergoing major conservation work, which will transform its state rooms back to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, as designed by the renowned English architect James Wyatt. It will reopen to visitors in 2019.
Auckland Tower is the starting point for visits to The Auckland Project. Here, you can find all the information you need to explore. Scale the Tower to the 15m-high viewing platform, offering unsurpassed views across Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland town and the rural landscape beyond.
After visiting Auckland Tower, experience life through the eyes of prominent mining artists at the Mining Art Gallery, located nearby in the Market Place. With three permanent galleries and one temporary exhibition space on the ground floor, the gallery explores working life in the coal mines through original artefacts and artworks by mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.
Visit http://aucklandproject.org to keep up to date with venue openings, as well as exhibitions, events and activities taking place throughout the year.
- VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS VB Attraction
- Visit England VAQAS 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous North East England Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Silver 2015
- Access Statement - Please see below
Travel & Trade
- Free/Discounted Entry for Coach Driver
- Free/Discounted Entry for Tour Guide
- Groups: Discounts Available
|Auckland Castle Park (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|
* Kindly note: the Castle is now closed for restoration, however keep a look out as we will have many activities throughout 2019.
Pre-booking is essential by calling 01388 743 797 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org