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Overview

The Auckland Project is building a brand new visitor destination in Bishop Auckland, with Auckland Castle as its centrepiece. Located in and around the 900-year-old Prince Bishop’s Castle, it will include new, world-class galleries, museum, restaurants and parkland.


Opening
Opening

2019

Mining Art Gallery & Auckland Tower Open daily 10am - 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Auckland Castle re-opens 26 January 2019.

Deer Park
The park is open from 6am to 5pm. After 5pm the main gates will be locked.

Auckland Tower

Open Wednesdays - Saturday from 10am-5pm.

Find Us
Find us

FROM THE A1(M) – JOURNEYING NORTH
Take Junction 60 at Bradbury, sign-posted Teesside and Bishop Auckland. Take the A689 follow signs to Bishop Auckland. When approaching Bishop Auckland follow signs to Market Place.

FROM THE A1(M) – JOURNEYING SOUTH
Take Junction 61 for Durham Services, follow signs to Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland A688.

FROM CONSETT
Take the A68 to Toft Hill, then take the B6282 signed to Bishop Auckland. When approaching Bishop Auckland follow signs to Market Place.

FROM DARLINGTON
Take the A68 until the junction with the A688. Follow the signs to Bishop Auckland. When approaching Bishop Auckland follow signs to Market Place.

FROM DURHAM
Take the A167 to Thinford Roundabout, then the A688 following the signs to Bishop Auckland. When approaching Bishop Auckland follow signs to Market Place.

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members free.

Single adult ticket price: £5.00


Things to See

Fun Facts
Auckland Castle has a thousand years of historic connection with England's only prince-bishop: granted exceptional powers by Norman kings, the Bishop of Durham remained virtual monarch in his diocese right up to the 19th century. The castle and its park are at the centre of a wider sacred Christian landscape which may be 1500 years old. They are one of the most important and bestpreserved medieval bishops' palaces in all Europe.