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 – 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 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
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
- Very Good104
- sheilanurse56Sunderland, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelDeer Park is fabulous for walksThursday, 28th March 2019I visited especially to walk in the deer park so didn't go into the palace but the Tower in the town square in front of the palace entrance gives a comprehensive history on its exterior walls. An... Read full review
- Travelingjohn123Peterlee, United KingdomLots of restorationSaturday, 13th April 2019Lots of restoration work taking place to bring this castle back to former glories. Nice walks in the gardens and close to the town centre. Worth a visit when finished Read full review
- R NHartlepool, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesCalled in as part of the food festival..Friday, 19th April 2019Popped in for a stroll around theCastle grounds and my goodness, there is a lot of work going on to bring this attraction right up to date. By an extraordinary coincidence three days later I attended... 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.