Auckland Castle is one of the best-preserved bishops’ palaces in Europe and is at the centre of The Auckland Project which aims to revitalise the town of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and use art, faith and heritage to facilitate long-term change and regeneration. The Castle recently reopened after undergoing major conservation work, which has returned its state rooms to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, as designed by the renowned architect, James Wyatt. For 250 years “Jacob and his Twelve Sons”, an impressive series of thirteen lifesize portraits by Francisco de Zurbaran (1598-1664) have hung in the Castle. John Roberts, who has a long association with Auckland, will deliver talks on The Auckland Project, Auckland Castle and St Peter’s Chapel and we shall have exclusive use of the Old Library for our visit.

£45 including coffee/tea on arrival and lunch (soup, sandwiches and cakes) 

Bookings open on 2 January at 9.00 am