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Auckland Castle, the Bishop's Palace

Auckland Castle, the Chapel

Auckland Castle, the Hall

The Gateway, Auckland Castle
The Gateway, Auckland Castle

A Palace fit for Kings, built for Prince Bishops

Auckland Castle is currently undergoing major conservation work with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The castle will return its original Georgian Gothic opulence as designed by renowned English architect James Wyatt on behalf of these two bishops. Auckland Castle will re-open on Saturday, 1 December 2018.

The Auckland Project is transforming this 900 year old Bishop's Palace from an unknown and almost unvisited private dwelling into a vibrant and fascinating visitor experience. Auckland Castle stands apart as the medieval home and hunting lodge of the Prince Bishops of Durham who for centuries were equal in power to the Kings of England. Within this stunning Gothic palace today you will uncover the stories of the men of great power, wealth, faith and passion, who resided here against a backdrop of nearly one thousand years of British history that played out within its walls and the surrounding parkland. 

Wonder at the spectacular ceiling, ornate woodwork and story-telling of the stained glass windows of Europe's largest private chapel. 

Marvel at the thirteen exquisite paintings of Jacob and his Twelve Sons that have hung in a purpose built gallery setting within the palace for over 250 years. These monumental and arresting masterpieces by the Spanish Master, Francisco de Zurbarán (1598 -1664) are amongst the most significant treasures of religious art in Europe, and have their own very special story to tell. 

Explore the beautiful medieval and Georgian parkland surrounding the Palace; home to a charming Gothic revival Deer House built in 1760 to provide the Bishop's deer with food and shelter and to act as a grand folly for entertaining guests. 

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