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The Auckland Project welcomes you to a collection of galleries, gardens, parkland and events, all established around Auckland Castle, in the heart of County Durham.

You’re invited to live the history and experience the culture that shaped our wonderful home of Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area into the beautiful part of the world it is today.

Beneath the gothic spires and veteran trees of our skyline are secrets from history just begging for you to discover them.  Plan your visit now; we look forward to welcoming you to a grand day out, a thousand years in the making.

Opening times

The Mining Art Gallery, and Auckland Castle and Curtilage are open Thursday to Sunday each week, from 3 July to 3 October. Tours of the Lower Walled Garden are also available from Thursday to Sunday. In order for us to safely manage capacities, we're asking all guests to book timed tickets online before visiting.

The Deer Park is free to visit every day and is open during daylight hours.


Auckland Castle (includes Castle Curtilage and Bishop Trevor Gallery)

Adults £10

Concessions £9.50

Children (5-16 years) £3

Mining Art Gallery

Adults £5

Concessions £4.50

Children (5-16 years) £1

Walled Garden Tours

Adults £5

Concessions £4.50

Children (5-16 years) £1

Where to find us

We're in the heart of Bishop Auckland in south west Durham: find how to find us.

Become a Friend

Help to preserve the past and transform the future of Bishop Auckland by becoming a Friend of The Auckland Project. Unlimited access to all our amazing venues: £35 per year. The feeling of being a part of British heritage: Priceless.

Find out how to become a Friend of The Auckland Project.

Food & drink

What’s a visit to a Castle without a feast? Our fantastic team of chefs use local produce to create delicious, home-made meals, fit for the Prince Bishops themselves! While the Bishop's Kitchen is closed, there is still a range of treats available.


We want as many people as possible to experience this wonderful part of the world, so guide dogs are allowed throughout The Auckland Project sites, and areas have been redeveloped for maximum accessibility. Both the Castle and Mining Art Gallery are accessible to wheelchairs. Unfortunately, the Walled Garden is not accessible to wheelchairs yet. We are working with the designers for the Upper Walled Garden to ensure a lift is in place, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the Garden when that section is finished.


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With so much on show, we get a lot of questions – don’t worry, we’re used to it! Our FAQs page should have all the answers to questions you might have on The Auckland Project.