Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle Experience a thousand years of fascinating history, as you walk in the footsteps of the Prince Bisho
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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. 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

The Auckland Castle Christmas experience is here. ⛄🎅🎄Follow The Auckland Project for updates.
06/10/2022

The Auckland Castle Christmas experience is here. ⛄🎅🎄

Follow The Auckland Project for updates.

Christmas is coming to The Auckland Project!

A traditional experience with a twist awaits with a host of events and experiences to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Expect all of the usual festive ingredients mixed with an element of the unexpected!

Explore more -> https://aucklandproject.org/venues/winter-experience/

18/03/2020
18/12/2019

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.

03/12/2019
04/11/2019
17/04/2018

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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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

See more news like this and like our new page The Auckland Project

Have you liked our new page The Auckland Project yet? Head over there to find out about events, news and our future plan...
09/02/2018

Have you liked our new page The Auckland Project yet?

Head over there to find out about events, news and our future plans!

Stay up-to-date with The Auckland Project's latest plans! Follow our page The Auckland Project
26/01/2018

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

Last September, we became The Auckland Project, we changed our page to start a new era. Like our new page here ...
19/01/2018

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

Like our new page here The Auckland Project

12/01/2018
The Auckland Project

Have you Liked our new page The Auckland Project yet?

You'll find the latest news on our projects and future plans as they approach opening!

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.

17/11/2017

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

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

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.

23/10/2017

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

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

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

21/09/2017

Auckland Castle

21/09/2017

Auckland Castle's cover photo

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

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

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 …

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.

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.

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?

16/09/2017

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

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!

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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Experience a thousand years of fascinating history, as you walk in the footsteps of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

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