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Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle,Bishop Auckland Information
Auckland Castle Trust is transforming this 900 year old Bishop's Palace from an unknown private dwelling into a vibrant and fascinating visitor experience. Auckland Castle stands apart as the medieval home and hunting lodge of the Prince Bishops of Durham who for centuries were equal in power to the Kings of England. Within this stunning Gothic palace today- you will uncover the stories of men of great power, wealth, faith and passion, who resided here against a backdrop of nearly one thousand years of British history that played out within its walls and the surrounding parkland.

St Peter's Chapel
Wonder at the spectacular ceiling, ornate woodwork and story-telling of the stained glass windows of Europe's largest private chapel. Built originally as a Great Hall for Bishop Hugh du Puiset, it is the earliest stone built part of the castle to survive dating back to the early 13th century.

Spanish Masters
Marvel at the 13 exquisite paintings of Jacob and his 12 sons that have hung in a purpose built gallery within the palace for over 250 years. These monumental and arresting masterpieces by the Spanish Master Francisco de Zurburan are amongst the most significant treasures of religious art in Europe, and have their own very special story to tell.

Auckland Park
Explore the beautiful Medieval and Georgian parkland surrounding the Palace, home to a charming Gothic revival Deer House built in 1760 to provide the Bishop's deer with food and shelter and act as a grand folly for entertaining guests.
Auckland Castle,Bishop Auckland
Auckland Castle,Bishop Auckland Address
Auckland Castle
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7NR
Map and Directions
Auckland Castle,Bishop Auckland Telephone No.
01388 743 750
Auckland Castle,Bishop Auckland Fax. No.
01388 69323
Open every day except Tuesday 10am -4pm
Food served during opening hours in Library Tea Room.
Licensed For Alcohol
Please use public car parks signposted, there is no parking on site except for disabled.
Under 16's free
disabled facilities
Wheelchair access to all areas. Assistance Dogs welcome. To ensure your safety and enjoyment, please contact Castle in advance of your visit.
Credit cards
All major credit cards accepted.
Pets are allowed on grounds, not in Castle.
  • Guide Dogs Allowed
£6 adults, £5 concessions, under 16's free, annual pass £15 or £14 concessions
An ancient castle with original reception rooms, which house fine furniture and a collection of Zurbaran's paintings, as well as extensive grounds, which are ideal for for picnics.
  • Celebration Catering Available
  • Education Pack Available
  • Gift Shop Or Shop
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Holds Special Events
  • Licensed For Wedding Ceremonies
  • Offers Corporate Facilities