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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- Very Good128
- mrsmon2016Leeds, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesStunningSunday, 14th August 2022The former residence of the prince bishops is an outstanding palace tastefully restored with beautiful works of art. The staff are so knowledgeable and so friendly and enthusiastic Read full review
- Paul KGreen Hammerton, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelOutstanding attraction, well worthy of supportMonday, 22nd August 2022I didn't quite know what to expect when I approached the Auckland Project but it's a very interesting, and well restored and presented attraction. At the centre is Auckland Castle. There's a lots to... Read full review
- jeanann1485Newark-on-Trent, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayFascinating placeSaturday, 24th September 2022Took a group of 17 adults to visit the castle. They were all extremely impressed. It is rather expensive especially the coach parking fee but the castle is a fascinating place. It is full of... 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.