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, Heritage site
The Castle and The Library Tea Room open 10am-5pm. Last admission 4pm. Closed Tuesday.
The Park open daily from 6am to dusk.
Under 16s: FREE
Season Pass: £15 (Valid Monday 1 February - Friday 30 September 2016)