Come and see over a thousand years of history, art, culture and faith, within the beautiful surroundings of The Auckland Project. By becoming one of our first visitors, you are a pioneer, supporting our mission to breathe new life and opportunities into the local community. So why not come and help us revitalise our history and build a bright new future for Bishop Auckland?
On arrival we recommend you start your visit at Auckland Tower, where you’ll receive a warm welcome and can buy tickets.
You can then climb our 15-metre-high viewing tower and take a bird’s eye view across the Deer Park, Castle and town. On the way down, drop into the first floor and 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, Tom Lamb and Bob Olley.
The jewel in Bishop Auckland’s Town, Auckland Castle is reopening on Saturday 2 November 2019, following three years of conservation.
The State Rooms and Bishop’s private apartments will return to their Gothic splendour following research into 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.
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- S1390JVjanecStunningMonday, 30th August 2021The Palace of the Prince Bishops in Bishop Auckland is well worth a visit. Set it its own deer park and part of the Auckland Project designed to regenerate interest in the Palace and surrounding... Read full review
- j_w1111Newcastle, UKZubaran’s in DurhamTuesday, 21st September 2021Excellent. The art was superb. The collection of Zurbaran’s is worth the entry fee alone. The volunteers are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. There are loads of information booklets in the... Read full review
- lizzyw454Trip Type:CouplesDirty!Monday, 27th September 2021Came to Bishop Auckland Castle on Friday 24th September with my husband we had a lovely walk round the gallery’s but was left shocked at how dirty the ladies toilets were each cubical I went into was... Read full review
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Map & 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.