Auckland Castle reopens!

Once the private palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham, the 900 year-old Castle uses art, architecture and historic interior design, combined with interactive animation, soundscapes and audio-visual displays, to tell the untold stories of power and faith from some of the most influential men in British history.

The Prince Bishops commanded great wealth and exercised political and military power second only to the King for over 750 years. Their influence extended to public affairs, including advising Catherine of Aragon on her divorce from Henry VIII, and the Castle played host to royalty on multiple occasions, including King John, Charles I and Queen Victoria.

Auckland Castle was bought by financier Jonathan Ruffer in 2012 with the aim of making it accessible to visitors. With support from a number of organisations and individuals, including a £12.4m grant from National Lottery players via The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Castle has now been sensitively returned to its Georgian Gothic splendour, as designed by renowned English architect James Wyatt.

An Auckland Pass, offering entry to Auckland Castle, Bishop Trevor Gallery, Deer Park, Mining Art Gallery and Auckland Tower for multiple visits throughout the year is priced at £12.50 per adult,£10.50 concessions, £3 per child (under 16) and £28 for a family (two adults and up to three children).

For more information please visit or call 01388 743797.

Auckland Castle