Set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland above the River Wear, Auckland Castle has been home to the Bishop of Durham for over 900 years.
After the Norman Conquest, the Bishop of Durham was granted exceptional powers to act as a political and military leader. As England’s one and only Prince-Bishop, he was the second most powerful man in the country and effectively ruled the area between the Tyne and the Tees.
The Castle is now home to many important works of art, most notably the paintings of Jacob and his Twelve Sons by Spanish master Fransisco da Zurbarán (1598-1664).
Gallery, Historic house or home
The Library Tea Room will be open 10:30 am – 3:30pm every day except Tuesdays.
Auckland Castle will open fully to the public from Saturday 14th February 2015.
Children (under 16):£free
Accompanying carers are given free admission.
National Art Pass holders receive 50% reduction on admission.