History, galleries & gardens with heart
Venture beyond County Durham as you know it, to discover the surprising story of Bishop Auckland. Enrich your mind, body and spirit with a feast of history, nature and art, in the knowledge that your day or stay will make a difference to this once forgotten, historic town.
David Venables: Hewing Out the Image at the Mining Art Gallery
Until 12 June, delve into a new exhibition showcasing seven decades of the artist’s work. Discover three new pieces and get a glimpse into Venables’ methods and creative spaces.
Discover the story of Bishop Auckland
Auckland Castle is one of the best-preserved Bishops’ palaces in the whole of Europe and is at the centre of The Auckland Project.
A first for the UK, this gallery is dedicated to Spanish Golden Age art, setting the scene for the Zurbarán masterpieces that have hung in Auckland Castle for over 250 years.
Mining Art Gallery
Discover life underground in this gallery dedicated to the work of mining artists.
Start your visit here with a captivating birds eye view of the town and gather everything you need to enjoy your day out.
Gardens & Grounds
Find peace in nature as the Bishops once did, in the timeless Deer Park and productive Walled Garden.
Telling a big story in a small space; the first museum in England to explore the history of faith. Opening in 2023.
18 miles of heritage engineering, which is part of the Stockton to Darlington line, famous for having the first passenger rail service in the world.
Binchester Roman Fort
Walk in the footsteps of soldiers as you explore these exceptionally well-preserved Roman remains.
Eat, Shop & Stay
Make the most of your day out by picking up a unique gift in one of our shops or enjoying delicious, home grown food in the Bishop's Kitchen.
About the Auckland Project
Building on more than 1,000 years of history, The Auckland Project offers seven sites in one setting. A different kind of visitor destination, at its heart is a purpose to revitalise the town of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and use art, faith and heritage to fuel long-term change and regeneration.
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