Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle, County Durham UK
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Positioned high above the meandering River Wear, Auckland Castle was once home to the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham, and was the place where they entertained, hunted and worshipped.

Having recently been conserved as part of The Auckland Project charity and visitor destination, the Castle remains one of the best-preserved medieval bishops palaces in Europe.

Here, visitors can uncover the bishops' untold stories of power and faith spanning almost 1,000 years of British history, through interactive displays, sound and projection.

There are opportunities to rummage through drawers, take a seat at the dinner table and even eavesdrop on the bishops and their guests as they discuss the hot topics of the day.

The Castle is also home to another family of well-known residents.

Jacob and his Twelve Sons, an impressive series of paintings by the Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán, have hung in the Long Dining Room since they were purchased by Bishop Trevor in 1756.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home, Heritage site, Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Last entry at 3pm

Admission charges

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


  • National Art Pass

Auckland Castle
Market Place
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7NR

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01388 743797

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