Becoming a Friend
Becoming a Friend of The Auckland Project
We would love to welcome you to The Auckland Project as a guest, and for you to leave as a Friend. Heritage and culture initiatives need passionate people, to help ensure they can be enjoyed for generations to come.
If you enjoy your time with us, and it moves you to want to be involved to help us welcome more people to appreciate Bishop Auckland, well then we’ve done our job and we thank you.
- Individual membership – £35/year
- Joint membership (must live at same address) – £50/year
Please note: The Spanish Gallery and tours of the Long Dining Room within Auckland castle are now open until 18th December 2021. Auckland Castle, the Mining Art Gallery, and Lower Walled Garden are currently closed until March 2022.
Why become a Friend of The Auckland Project?
Wonderful question! By becoming a Friend of The Auckland Project you’ll receive complimentary access to our sites and exhibitions during normal opening hours for one year. You’ll also receive invitations to special exclusive events for Friends; 10% discount in the Bishop's Kitchen, in our retail spaces, and when purchasing picnic hampers online; and behind-the-scenes updates on exhibitions, conservation work, and more. Essentially, you’re giving yourself an unrivalled look into the history of Bishop Auckland and County Durham, and playing a vital role in its future.
You’ll be joining a wonderful group of likeminded folk who genuinely care about this beautiful area, its history, and its people. On top of helping to ensure that the stunning collections and buildings in The Auckland Project are conserved for future generations, our Friends mean that we can continue to create new jobs and opportunities.
We’re a community-driven family and we need Friends like you in order to continue our regeneration, conservation, and celebration of the history of Bishop Auckland and the North East.
How to join
If you’re interested in becoming a Friend, you can join online via the link below.
CASTLE, GALLERIES, MUSEUMS: A LOT TO EXPLORE...
The Spanish Gallery is the UK’s first gallery dedicated to the art, history and culture of Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Explore the landscape of this peaceful park, the hunting grounds of the Prince Bishops of Durham
Once the private home of the Prince Bishops of Durham, the castle was built as a symbol of power and authority
Enjoy a bird's eye view across the town, buy tickets and get all the information you need to enjoy your visit
The ticket office is open and the whistle’s polished, all that’s needed to depart is you! We acquired Weardale Railway in 2020 because we wanted to preserve an exciting and important part of North East’s history.