Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle Experience a thousand years of fascinating history, as you walk in the footsteps of the Prince Bishops of Durham. Auckland Castle is one of the best-preserved bishops’ palaces in the whole of Europe and is at the centre of The Auckland Project.
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Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Last entry at 3pm

Adult: £10
Concessions: £8 (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged)
Under 16s: £3

Groups: must be pre-booked

Operating as usual

The Auckland Project
18/12/2019

The Auckland Project

If you are planning a visit over the holidays, please be aware The Auckland Project will be closed on the following dates:

Closed: Monday 23 to Thursday 26 December 2019
Open: Friday 27 to Sunday 29 December 2019
Closed: Monday 30, Tuesday 31 December 2019 and Wednesday 1 January 2020
Open: Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 January 2020

We will be closed from Monday, 6 January for a period of annual maintenance, conservation and staff training. We will also update the exhibitions in our temporary gallery spaces. Our destinations will re-open on Saturday, 15 February.

Thank you.

Auckland Castle's cover photo
04/11/2019

Auckland Castle's cover photo

17/04/2018
The Auckland Project

900-year-old Auckland Castle was a private palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham.

Find out what makes Auckland Castle such a significant part of English history in the latest edition of our Behind the Scenes videos, with our Volunteer Tour Leader, Lydia Nicholson.

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900-year-old Auckland Castle was a private palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham.

Find out what makes Auckland Castle such a significant part of English history in the latest edition of our Behind the Scenes videos, with our Volunteer Tour Leader, Lydia Nicholson.

Bishop Auckland Food Festival returns next weekend. See our main page The Auckland Project for updates on what we've got...
13/04/2018

Bishop Auckland Food Festival returns next weekend. See our main page The Auckland Project for updates on what we've got planned for next weekend!

We have 2 brand new vacancies on our website: http://bit.ly/2BV5xU3See more news like this and like our new page The Auc...
16/02/2018

We have 2 brand new vacancies on our website: http://bit.ly/2BV5xU3

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09/02/2018

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26/01/2018

Stay up-to-date with The Auckland Project's latest plans! Follow our page The Auckland Project

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19/01/2018

Last September, we became The Auckland Project, we changed our page to start a new era.

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12/01/2018
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A visitor attraction in Bishop Auckland comprising Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower, the Mining Art Gallery, Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum and Deer Park.

Even the trees are twinkling at our Christmas Market - open tonight until 7pm!
17/11/2017

Even the trees are twinkling at our Christmas Market - open tonight until 7pm!

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15/11/2017

Like and follow our new page The Auckland Project and find out more about our upcoming events, including our Christmas Market 2017

Auckland Castle is part of The Auckland Project. Please visit our official page to find out more.
26/10/2017
The Auckland Project

Auckland Castle is part of The Auckland Project. Please visit our official page to find out more.

A visitor attraction in Bishop Auckland comprising Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower, the Mining Art Gallery, Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum and Deer Park.

Join us for our popular torch lit trail through the Deer Park this weekend and encounter ghostly figures and historic ta...
23/10/2017

Join us for our popular torch lit trail through the Deer Park this weekend and encounter ghostly figures and historic tales. #AllHallowsWalk #familyfun

Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/2zBAYyo

The Auckland Project
17/10/2017

The Auckland Project

On the morning of 17 October in 1346, an English army marched from Bishop Auckland towards Durham and victory against the Scots at the Battle of Neville’s Cross (depicted using artistic licence in this detail from a 15th century French manuscript).

Thomas Hatfield was then Prince Bishop of Durham; however, he was apparently not present when the army set up camp in the grounds of Auckland Castle the night before the battle.

Find out more about the Castle’s history: http://bit.ly/2ihctlU

Test out leatherwork and create your own small leather item in this workshop, with an Am and a Pm session, don't miss ou...
03/10/2017

Test out leatherwork and create your own small leather item in this workshop, with an Am and a Pm session, don't miss out!

Book your place here: AM session - http://bit.ly/2xmWSpG
PM session - http://bit.ly/2hhQW8u

02/10/2017

If you're planning to visit the Deer Park, please be aware that a large tree has fallen down due to the high winds and is blocking the path close to Trevor's Bridge. It will be removed by the end of the week.

The park remains open and our team have checked it fully and it is safe for visitors to access.

We can't think of a more aptly named venue for our Pop-up Museum than Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in Durham.We're her...
01/10/2017

We can't think of a more aptly named venue for our Pop-up Museum than Prince Bishops Shopping Centre in Durham.

We're here until 5pm; come and join us to try on a Bishop's mitre and have your picture taken sitting in our replica throne!

Using traditional techniques of this ancient art, carve a grotesque face in stone. This 2-day workshop, takes place on S...
27/09/2017
Auckland Castle

Using traditional techniques of this ancient art, carve a grotesque face in stone. This 2-day workshop, takes place on Sat 30 September - Sun 1 October. Book today!

Have you liked our new page yet? Our new page will have updates on our latest developments, events, workshops and openin...
26/09/2017
The Auckland Project

Have you liked our new page yet? Our new page will have updates on our
latest developments, events, workshops and opening dates! Like us here: https://www.facebook.com/aucklandproject/

A visitor attraction in Bishop Auckland comprising Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower, the Mining Art Gallery, Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum and Deer Park.

Don’t forget to like our new page The Auckland Project to keep up-to-date with the latest news from The Aucklan...
24/09/2017
The Auckland Project

Don’t forget to like our new page The Auckland Project to keep up-to-date with the latest news from The Auckland Project. We’ll be sharing photos and video from the development, as well as details of all our upcoming events. https://www.facebook.com/aucklandproject/

A visitor attraction in Bishop Auckland comprising Auckland Castle, Auckland Tower, the Mining Art Gallery, Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum and Deer Park.

Spin the wheel, and learn how to drop spindle in our upcoming Craft Skill workshop on 11 October, book here: http://bit....
23/09/2017

Spin the wheel, and learn how to drop spindle in our upcoming Craft Skill workshop on 11 October, book here: http://bit.ly/2w7YaBS

We’ve got a new look and a new name to reflect the progress of our project from ideas to action. Follow us at The Auckla...
22/09/2017

We’ve got a new look and a new name to reflect the progress of our project from ideas to action. Follow us at The Auckland Project to get a glimpse behind the scenes at the exciting things happening in Bishop Auckland.

Auckland Castle
21/09/2017

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle's cover photo
21/09/2017

Auckland Castle's cover photo

It’s a big day at Auckland Castle – we’ve been working behind the scenes on a new name and identity, which marks a new c...
21/09/2017
Auckland Castle

It’s a big day at Auckland Castle – we’ve been working behind the scenes on a new name and identity, which marks a new chapter in our journey and it launches today!

We’ve become The Auckland Project, to reflect the scale, longevity and ambition of our mission.

Please like our new page The Auckland Project where we will keep you up-to-date with the progress of the project, as well as all the exciting events and activities that are happening in Bishop Auckland.

Five years later, with several significant milestones along the way and tremendous support from many organisations and individuals, we are up and running, with

Auckland Castle
21/09/2017

Auckland Castle

Use basic weaving techniques in this willow weaving workshop, make a Bird Table and Fat Ball feeder! Book today: http://...
20/09/2017

Use basic weaving techniques in this willow weaving workshop, make a Bird Table and Fat Ball feeder! Book today: http://bit.ly/2jJKOu7

This Health & Safety apprenticeship provided by us and Bishop Auckland College is a great opportunity to start your care...
18/09/2017
Health and Safety Apprentice | Bishop Auckland College

This Health & Safety apprenticeship provided by us and Bishop Auckland College is a great opportunity to start your career, apply today!

Introduction Auckland Castle Trust (ACT) was set up by Jonathan Ruffer in 2012 with an …

Did you dress up as a Bishop at our Craft Skills Festival? Find your picture here.If you see anyone you know, be sure to...
18/09/2017

Did you dress up as a Bishop at our Craft Skills Festival? Find your picture here.

If you see anyone you know, be sure to tag them in the comments section of the picture!

Do you want to join in on the pop-up museum? We'll be in Bishop Auckland Marketplace this weekend.

Congrats to our members of Bishop Auckland and Coundon in Bloom, as they won gold in Northumbria in Bloom’s Special Awar...
18/09/2017

Congrats to our members of Bishop Auckland and Coundon in Bloom, as they won gold in Northumbria in Bloom’s Special Award category for ‘Conservation’ – this recognises horticultural & conservation achievement and community engagement!

Today at the Northumbria In Bloom ceremony Bishop Auckland and Coundon In Bloom received the following:

1 Town: Bishop Auckland and Coundon: Silver

2 Outstanding Contribution (Voluntary): David Nicholson - Cultivate4Life: Special Award

3 Religious Establishments: Wear Valley Crematorium: Silver Gilt

4 Pubs and Hotels: Park Head Hotel: Silver

5 Conservation: Auckland Castle: Gold

6 Tourist and Visitor Attractions: Kynren: Gold

We started at the back end of 2016. In such a short time, we think that these awards are a reflection of the hard work and enthusiasm the organisations and individuals have put in. Bishop Auckland and Coundon In Bloom congratulate all the award winners and confirm we will have our own ceremony to present the awards in the not to distant future.

Steering Group members Cllr Charlie Kay, Marilyn Weerasinghe and Nigel Bryson receive the silver award for Bishop Auckland and Coundon.

Today the Craft Skills Festival begins!! With demonstrations, craft stalls and a spectacular display of flowers in our C...
16/09/2017

Today the Craft Skills Festival begins!! With demonstrations, craft stalls and a spectacular display of flowers in our Chapel, why not come along and add some heritage to your weekend?

All set up and ready to go at Eggleston Show - come say hello!
16/09/2017

All set up and ready to go at Eggleston Show - come say hello!

Attending the Craft Skills Fest this weekend? Check out St. Peters Chapel as we'll be decorating it for our Flowers in T...
15/09/2017

Attending the Craft Skills Fest this weekend? Check out St. Peters Chapel as we'll be decorating it for our Flowers in The Chapel display!

Marquee set-up in the castle grounds for this weekend's Craft Skill Festival! Come along from 10am - 4pm and try out som...
15/09/2017

Marquee set-up in the castle grounds for this weekend's Craft Skill Festival! Come along from 10am - 4pm and try out some crafts!

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‌• Mining Art Gallery
‌• Auckland Castle
‌• Deer Park
‌• Auckland Tower
‌• Spanish Gallery & Research Centre – Coming soon.
‌• Walled Garden & Restaurant - Coming soon.

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One of the residents of the Castle who perhaps contributed to some of its biggest changes, Sir Arthur Heselrigg, took part in this battle. He is also an ancestor of mine. On this day 29 June 1644 The Battle of Cropredy Bridge. Although fought primarily in North Oxfordshire along the Northamptonshire border, fighting did spill over into the county at Hay's Bridge over the Cherwell on the modern A361 Daventry to Banbury road On 28th June 1644 Sir William Waller was near Banbury with his Parliamentary army while the King was at Brackley in Northamptonshire. Hearing of Waller’s approach, the King marched back to Banbury to seek battle with Waller. Each side took up a strong position on either side of Banbury and skirmishing began in an attempt to bring the other to action on favourable ground. Around 8am on 29th June 1644 King Charles I set his army marching away from Banbury on the road towards Daventry to the north, his purpose being, according to Clarendon, to draw Waller away from the favourable position he was occupying . As the King’s stated intention was to bring Waller to battle it is far from clear what he proposed to achieve by marching away from him. Early in the morning of 29 June, the Royalists began marching northwards towards Daventry. King Charles and his general-in-chief the Earl of Brentford intended to draw Waller out and to fight him on ground of their own choosing. Brentford led the van of the Royalist army with the King in the centre; the rearguard comprised the cavalry brigades of the Earl of Cleveland and the Earl of Northampton supported by 1,000 commanded foot under Colonel Thelwell. As the Royalists advanced along the eastern bank of the River Cherwell, the Parliamentarians shadowed them on the western bank. The two forces were in full view of one another and little more than a mile apart. As the Royalists approached the village of Cropredy, news came in that a force of 300 Rebel cavalry had been sighted two miles ahead, probably on its way to join Waller. Brentford covered the left flank of the Royalist column by sending a force of dragoons to guard the crossing at Cropredy Bridge then ordered the advance guard to ride ahead and secure Hay's Bridge, the next crossing over the Cherwell. Observing from Bourton Hill, Sir William Waller noticed that the rapid advance left the Royalist column widely strung out as the main body of infantry struggled to keep up with the vanguard. Seizing his chance, Waller sent a detachment of 1,500 horse, 1,000 foot and eleven guns under the overall command of Lieutenant-General Middleton to seize Cropredy bridge, cross the river and cut off the Royalist rearguard. The infantry, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Baines, easily scattered the dragoons guarding the bridge while Middleton led Heselrigg's and Vandruske's regiments of horse across the river and advanced towards Hay's Bridge. Meanwhile, Waller himself advanced with his remaining cavalry across the ford at Slat Mill, a mile south of Cropredy, intending to isolate the rearguard. The Royalist vanguard and centre had nearly all crossed over Hay's Bridge onto the north bank of the Cherwell when Middleton's cavalry approached. The Royalists overturned a wagon to block the bridge and posted musketeers to defend the crossing. Having no infantry support, Middleton fell back towards Cropredy. At the head of the Royalist rearguard, the Earl of Cleveland drew up his cavalry on rising ground facing Cropredy Bridge then led a counter-attack. A running cavalry fight developed. With Hay's Bridge secure, Lord Bernard Stuart advanced with the King's Lifeguard to assist Cleveland. Middleton's cavalry were routed and the Parliamentarian guns that had been prematurely moved across the Cherwell were captured by the Royalists, along with the artillery officer Lieutenant-General Wemyss. Sir William Waller's advance across Slat Mill ford met with firm resistance from the Earl of Northampton's cavalry. Dismayed, Waller withdrew most of his forces to his unassailable position on Bourton Hill, leaving detachments to guard the river crossings against Royalist attacks. Under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Birch, the Tower Hamlets regiment stoutly defended Cropredy Bridge itself and the Royalists were unable to recapture it. Royalist infantry forced a crossing at Slat Mill, but Waller's heavy guns on Bourton Hill prevented them from advancing any further The two armies remained in position facing one another across the Cherwell for the rest of the day and for most of 30 June. Waller and his senior officers suffered an unfortunate accident when the floor of the room in which they were meeting collapsed and they all fell into a cellar. That evening, the Royalists received word that Major-General Browne's London Brigade had reached Buckingham and was marching to join forces with Waller. At dawn on 1 July, the Royalist army marched away westwards, arriving at Evesham two days later. The battle of Cropredy Bridge had lifted the morale of the King's army but had the opposite effect on Waller's men. The Midlands regiments, the London regiments and the Kentish horse demanded to return home. By the end of July, the withdrawal of the garrison troops and heavy desertions from other regiments had reduced the strength of Waller's army by half. Badly disrupted, it no longer presented a threat to Oxford, which allowed the King's army to march to the south-west in pursuit of the Earl of Essex. The desertions would lead to Waller proposing the formation of a 'New Modelled Army' which would eventually play a large role in Parliaments victory in the first Civil War.
Im absolutely disgusted you let the hunt on your grounds. It is illegal and what barbaric people they are to enjoy watching dogs rip apart foxes.
I visited Auckland Castle on 7/11/19 with a friend. We were amazed at the refurbishment and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I would also like to thank 1 member of volunteers who went out of her way to give me information on wheelchair access and availability of one on site for my husband to be able to visit. We will definitely be revisiting the castle and tower. Magnificent
Why are you allowing a hunt which is known to illegally hunt wildlife on your grounds? Please don't reply with drag/trail because that's an excuse to hunt foxes. I'm disgusted!
Can I ask why you are allowing hunting on the Castle grounds tomorrow? I’m sure you are aware that fox hunting is illegal and a very outdated and abhorrent pastime.
It has been great to see the growth and development of Bishop Auckland and Auckland castle. How very disappointing to hear now that South Durham Hunt will be allowed in Auckland Castle and the Park tomorrow. I do hope this decision will be reconsidered. Some activities belong very much in the past. The vast majority of the British public oppose hunting. The 'Trail hunting' claim is a very poor veil over the truth.
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Saddened to see you allow hunting on your land. Trail hunting does not exist and is smoke and mirrors to trick public into believing their lies! https://www.facebook.com/NEhuntmonitors/videos/1119659078192421/
why are you allowing illegal hunting on your land, south durham hunt use the Auckland castle park often to chase foxes and any other wildlife that gets in the way.without a care for families walking their dogs during holiday time shame on you Auckland project
[email protected]/albums/72157694821828030" rel="nofollow,noopener" target="_blank">https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157694821828030 photos from Auckland Castle Trail Race on this link pls feel free to download although watermark not to be removed without prior permission thanks in advance Karen x
County Durham Bedlington Terrier group walk on Sunday morning. Understandably a little muddy at the moment but dogs and people really enjoyed it. We will come back in the summer.