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Castle and Curtilage
Experience the grandeur of the Throne Room and the warm elegance of the Long Dining Room in the Castle, home to Francisco de Zurbarán’s impressive series of paintings Jacob and his Twelve Sons, as well as viewing a new exhibition, Beauty in the Everyday: Dutch and Flemish Masters at Auckland Castle, which will be on display in the Bishop Trevor Gallery.
Join us outside in the Castle grounds to wander around the Bowling Green, take in beautiful views across the Wear Valley, and explore the newly designed North Terrace. Our Kitchen Courtyard is tucked away and sheltered – the perfect place to have a rest before picking up a few treats from the Castle shop. Book your tickets here.
Detail from Jan Steen, Villagers Merrymaking Outside an Inn, 1652, Oil on canvas. Courtesy of The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle.
Mining Art Gallery
Our team is waiting to welcome you back to the Mining Art Gallery, in the heart of Bishop Auckland's Market Place. View the renowned Gemini Collection of Mining Art, which includes works by prominent local artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish, and learn more about the impact of mining on the communities of south west Durham.
Our temporary exhibition, Backshift: Bob Olley at 80 is currently on display. The exhibition features more than 30 of Bob’s works, offering a window into his perspective on the heart and humour of the mining world and community life surrounding it in the North East of England.
Oil paintings, sculpture and preparatory sketches of his most-loved works are brought together as Bob looks back on over five decades of his artistic career, where life above and below ground is chronicled in his distinctive, graphic style. Book your tickets here.
Bob Olley, whose work features in the Mining Art Gallery and our current temporary exhibition
Lower Walled Garden Tour
Join us for a special tour of the Lower Walled Garden and Orchard; open to the public for the first time. Rows of seasonal vegetables and a young apple orchard with wide range of summer flowers will be available for you to walk through, guided by an Auckland Project tour guide who will share details of the incredible history, and exciting future of this 17th century Garden. Why not order a picnic from the Bishop's Kitchen to enjoy in the Deer Park after you've enjoyed your tour? Book your tour tickets here.
Tours of the Lower Walled Garden and Orchard will run twice a day, Thursday to Sunday