Auckland Castle Welcome to the home of power in the North
Auckland Castle, former seat of power in the North and now our wonderful home. We share the passion of the previous tenants for entertaining, so you’re formally invited to enjoy the lavish monument to opulence and influence, steeped in 1,000 years of political, economic and religious history. Wipe your feet at the door, please.
Opening times from 3 July to 3 October 2021:
Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Please note: we're continuing to limit the number of people indoors, for everyone’s safety. This means that all guests, including Friends of The Auckland Project, need to book timed tickets online before visiting.Book your tickets
If you’d allow us a brief history lesson about Auckland Castle: It used to be that the power of the Prince Bishops of Durham was second only to the English monarchy. Commissioned to defend that monarchy, the Bishops were placed strategically close to the border between England and Scotland – who weren’t always on the best of terms – so they needed a home to match their status.
These men were so powerful that they could raise their own armies and mint their own coins. It’s no surprise then that they enjoyed Auckland Castle and its lush surroundings as their countryside estate, when the pressures of London, York and Durham became too much. While their role has changed with the passage of time, the Bishop of Durham still has influence throughout the modern world.
The Castle is one of the best preserved Bishops’ palaces in Europe, sitting right at the heart of The Auckland Project. Auckland Castle has reopened its doors in 2019 after major conservation work with State Rooms restored to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, designed by architect James Wyatt. We invite you to step back in time in some very powerful shoes.
Long Dining Room
Conservation, conservation, conservation.
As custodians of this great establishment, we take great pride in maintaining its splendour for our guests to enjoy. After discovering the original wall colourings, furniture, and textiles that decorated this resplendent castle in the 18th century, we’ve restored them to their former luxury so you can bask in all their glory; please, bask away.
Thanks to the work of an incredible team of restorers and conservators, we can now appreciate the scope of the power, wealth, influence, and faith, held by the residents of this beautiful castle. It’s waiting for you to enjoy at your leisure.