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Auckland Castle Trust is transforming this 900 year old Bishop's Palace from an unknown and almost unvisited 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 palace today you will uncover the stories of the 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.

Auckland Castle
BISHOP AUCKLAND, DL14 7NR
Phone : 01388 743750

Features

Facilities
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Chair walker available by prior arrangement, disabled ramp
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Opening Times: Open 14 Feb-20 Dec, daily (ex Tue), 26 Dec & 1 Jan 10-5. (last admission 4)

About The area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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