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, Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site
1 May - 30 September 2013:
Everyday except Tuesday; 10.30am - 4.00pm
11.30am and 2.00pm
Children (over 12): £4.00
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): £20.00
Children under 12 free.
Accompanying carers free.
National Art Pass holders receive 50% reduction on admission.