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The Auckland Project Garden

The Auckland Castle Trust, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL14 7NR

The Auckland Project Garden

The Auckland Castle Trust, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, Durham, DL14 7NR


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Auckland Castle was built as one of the primary castles and hunting lodges of the Prince Bishop of Durham. From the 1600s onwards the Prince Bishops used their increasing wealth to create a country retreat that reflected their semi-royal position, with highlights including Europe’s largest private chapel, St Peter's and a succession of Georgian Gothic State Rooms, including one housing an impressive cycle of paintings by Spanish master painter Francisco de Zurbarán. Today, the castle is home to a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions, with visitors also flocking to enjoy its formal gardens and large Medieval deer park. Auckland Castle will be closed for restoration from September 30th 2016 and will reopen in May 2018, alongside a number of new art galleries and restaurants being created by the Auckland Castle Trust, our park and gardens will remain open with events still taking place. Full details can be found on our website, link available at the top right of this page.

Information on The Auckland Project garden , The Auckland Castle Trust , Market Place , Bishop Auckland

Opening Times: Auckland Castle is open daily (excluding Tuesdays) from 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm) until September 30. The Library Tearoom is open seven days a week, 10am - 5pm (last orders 4pm) until December 2016.
Admission: Entry to the tearoom and gardens is free. Entry for the Castle is Adults £6, Concessions £5, Under 16s free.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Dogs are allowed in the gardens but not the castle.)
Location: All parking is located at North Bondgate car park in the heart of Bishop Auckland town and a five-minute walk from the castle. The route from the car park to the castle is flat and well maintained. For those who are unable to walk or who have small children there is a shuttle bus service between the car park and castle, which departs every 15 minutes. The collection point for the shuttle bus is within the car park.
Facilities: Auckland Castle’s fabulous Library Tea Room is open daily from 10am until 4pm and the catering team takes great pride in creating all the dishes on site in our own kitchen, with fresh local ingredients, some taken directly from the castle gardens. The Tea Room serves morning coffee and light lunches, with a range of fresh sandwiches and homemade soups, freshly baked cakes and scones, and a choice of delicious homemade ice-cream. No booking is necessary for lunch. Booking is however required for afternoon tea, which includes an array of exquisite savouries, scones and sweet treats, accompanied by a speciality tea or coffee. There are adults and children’s versions available but both must be booked 48 hours in advance by calling (phone number on the top right of this page) to ensure availability, Guided tours run at 11.30am and 2.30pm and are included in the Castle’s admission price, Parking 5 minutes walk away, Until the castle is restored and redeveloped, there will be a small number of areas that may be harder to access for those who are less mobile and we therefore advise anyone who is concerned that they might have accessibility problems to contact us in advance. Our main garden areas are flat and the deer park has a gravelled access via the castle driveway. The park itself has undulating topography, but nothing that is too hilly or challenging
Parkland / Woodland Acreage: 200
Organisation(s): Historic Houses Association

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Review of The Auckland Project

Posted on by Maddie DCustomer visited Nov 2015

Saw some magical colours of autumn walking round the Palace deer park. October is a great month to visit, but also a nice walk at any time of the year. Some interesting follies and ruins which add to the views of the specimen trees as well as across the river valley to Newton Cap viaduct.

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Posted on by Ashley CCustomer visited Jul 2016

Very nice building with lovely grounds, could do with a bit more going on inside but they have that all in hand with their plans for the future. Loved the deck chairs and the outdoor chess set.

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Posted on by Sean GCustomer visited Jul 2016

Plenty to see and do here, with great plans for the future, lovely tea rooms and the views from the gardens are great.

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Posted on by Lorraine BCustomer visited Aug 2016

Would really encourage anyone to visit Auckland Castle and see the bishops' palace. Very interesting building with lovely collections and some unusual temporary exhibitions. Beautiful setting too - enjoyed sitting in the deck chairs under the walnut tree! Go now and then come back again in a few years...they have big plans, and can't wait to see the restored walled garden. Visiting was the perfect introduction for us before seeing the spectacular Kynren show. Just amazing - believe the hype and make sure you see it!

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