Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle

Bishop Auckland is a historic market town in County Durham and a popular gateway into the Weardale area of the Durham Dales. Commanding an elevated position in the Wear Valley and beautifully situated alongside the River Wear, Bishop Auckland has long been a major centre in County Durham. Historic Auckland Castle in the town has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for nearly 900 years. The original manor house or hunting lodge was constructed in the late 1100s. Around Auckland Castle is the magnificent 800 acres of Castle Park with fallow deer, what was once the hunting ground of the Bishops of Durham.

Victorian Town Hall in Bishop Auckland

Victorian Town Hall in Bishop Auckland

Town Centre & Binchester Roman Fort

Bishop Auckland has a stunning town centre with many restaurants, country pubs, bars, specialist shops and amenities. The Victorian town hall is one of England’s hidden gem Civic Buildings and a major centre with tourist information point, theatre shows, music events, art exhibitions and film. Historic streets in Bishop Auckland include the main Newgate Street which follows the course of the original Dere Street Roman Road. Binchester Roman Fort remains are about 1 mile from the town centre and date from the second half of the First Century AD. The Fort was constructed to defend the important Roman Dere Road between York and Scotland which runs through the centre of Bishop Auckland.

The 18th century Robinson Clock Tower & Gatehouse entrance to the Park

The 18th century Robinson Clock Tower & Gatehouse entrance to the Park

Auckland Castle & Park

Auckland Castle has a fascinating history stretching back 900 years. It was originally a hunting ground and lodge for the Bishop of Durham who centuries ago had powers equivalent to a monarch. The Durham Diocese was once one of the strongest in the North. Auckland Castle did not become the official residence of the Bishop of Durham until quite late in 1832 and remained so up until 2010. The town of Bishop Auckland took its name from and grew up around the castle. The surrounding park with fallow deer contains woodland walks and trails, and a Deer House in the Gothic Revival style added in 1760. A viewpoint is here where you can watch the deer.

Auckland Castle along with the Bowes Museum in nearby Barnard Castle is a centre for Spanish art. Twelve outstanding Zurbarán paintings were acquired by Bishop Trevor in 1756, and these hang in the Long Dining Room. These were painted by Zurbarán between 1640 and 1645, a contemporary of El Greco and Velázquez. Other exhibition highlights include The Paradise State Bed, thought to be the only piece of surviving furniture from the Tudor palace of Westminster. A Tudor Exhibition (‘The Power and The Glory: How Religious Art Made Tudor England’) is within the King Charles Room.

Accommodation in Bishop Auckland

  • Staindrop   (5.1 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
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  • Hamsterley   (5.9 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
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  • Spennymoor   (4.3 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
     
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    South of Durham city and close to the A1, the welcoming Whitworth Hall Hotel is set in the heart of a 73-acre deer park.
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  • Evenwood, nr. Bishop Auckland   (3.9 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
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  • Witton le Wear   (4.7 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
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  • Darlington   (6.1 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
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    Offering 12th Century character and 21st Century convenience in Darlington, BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel is set in 18 acres of lawns and woodlands... just three miles from...
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  • Hamsterley   (5.5 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
     
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    Visit Britain 4 Star Silver Awarded Cottage in Hamsterley, set amongst breathtaking scenery. Ideal for those intending to visit 'Descend' trail riding centre.
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  • Darlington   (3.8 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
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    When you stay at Redworth Hall Hotel in Newton Aycliffe, you'll be convenient to National Railway Museum at Shildon. This 4-star hotel is within the region of Darlington Railway...
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  • Bishop Auckland   (0.9 miles from the centre of Bishop Auckland)
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    Great value Bishop Auckland hotel with Brewer's Fayre restaurant, disabled access, ensuite rooms for couples & families, free parking & free Wi-Fi for browsing.
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