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 Spanish Gallery tells a story of Golden Age Spanish art during the 16th and 17th centuries, exploring how its artists expressed the tension between man’s yearning for eternity and the self-evident transience of life.
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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2022
- Very Good126
- 630victoriadLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayAn utterly amazing historical gemWednesday, 18th May 2022Wow! What an incredible place… superbly restored and curated. Brilliantly helpful and knowledgable guides that helped to unlock the secrets of this magnificent building and its past. Look out for... Read full review
- HarrySpeakupWakefield, United KingdomAmazing castle but very poor restaurantFriday, 10th June 2022A wonderful and very interesting buiding and interiors The restaurant was recommended to us but it only had cakes and drinks as they said they were changing their menu If we had known we would have... Read full review
- noora918Trip Type:Friends getawayAmazingSaturday, 11th June 2022What a beautiful place to visit .. staff were so lovely and attentive shared info with us about the place. Enjoyed an afternoon there and the deer park next door is just as nice for a lovely walk... Read full review
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|2022 (27 Jan 2022 - 17 Dec 2022)|
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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.