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Auckland Tower Starting from the top

You’re not just invited to explore Auckland Castle, oh no, with the picturesque town of Bishop Auckland and the surrounding countryside on our doorstep, there’s so much more to be explored. We can’t think of a better way to start your adventure around The Auckland Project than with a gorgeous, bird’s-eye view of the town and the natural beauty of County Durham.

This used to be the second most important settlement in England after London, so there are captivating histories down every alley and street, every field and park. Grab a hand rail, take in the fresh air, and let us show you one of the most beautiful views in the country.

Please note: Auckland Tower is not open at the moment, as we’re focusing our attention on getting Auckland Castle and the Mining Art Gallery open safely. The safety and comfort of our guests, volunteers, and staff is the most important thing to us – so it’s important that we make sure we can give you a fantastic experience before opening all of our sites.

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Auckland Tower is the perfect place to get a feel for The Auckland Project, the stunning setting, and to pick up everything you’ll need for your day of exploration

Bishop Auckland

Auckland Tower

Designed by Nìall McLaughlin, Auckland Tower stands proudly between Auckland Castle and Bishop Auckland town. The 29 metre tower’s modern design compliments the nearby historic buildings by paying homage to some of the area’s historical structures and features, such as the decorated tiles and ceiling panels, and a great wooden siege engine draw up against the Castle’s fortifications.

Auckland Tower text panels
Auckland Tower ceiling tiles
Auckland Tower details

More to explore

If you fancy a break from the noise of modern life, we’ve got a series of suggested walks and things to look out for around our stunning grounds. Fancy a stroll?

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