The Auckland Project is a visitor destination located in the market town of Bishop Auckland, home to the mighty Prince Bishops of Durham. 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, 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 – opening 2nd November 2019
Spanish Gallery – in development
Walled Garden – in development
Faith Museum – in development
Auckland Castle - 900-year-old Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, is re-opening in November 2019, following a three-year conservation programme led by regeneration charity and visitor destination, The Auckland Project. Once home to the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham, Auckland Castle’s State Rooms have been sensitively returned to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, while the Bishops’ private apartments are being opened to visitors for the first time, offering an intriguing insight into both the public and private lives of some of the most prominent characters in British history.
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 aucklandproject.org to keep up to date with venue openings, as well as exhibitions, events and activities taking place throughout the year.
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good111
- DarrenS344Bright, AustraliaTrip Type:Friends getawayPlenty to SeeWednesday, 11th September 2019Visited the Deer Park and was and the sourrounds. Nice walk but there are no Deer in the Park. Plenty of construction work being done around the area so will be even better once all of it is... Read full review
- roxy hGreater London, United KingdomNot open until 02/11/2019Friday, 4th October 2019The bishop's palace is closed for extensive renovations until the above date so cannot rate it .However the large attached park is open and there is an old deer house to be seen from the outside... Read full review
- sheepygoldlondonTrip Type:CouplesSuper refurbishmentSunday, 6th October 2019The castle is not fully open for another few weeks however the Bishop Trevor gallery is with a very interesting exhibition on Nicholas Poussin's Triumph of Pan and contemporary paintings. Also there... Read full review
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|2019 (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 2018
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.