The Castle

Auckland Castle has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for over 900 years.

The Castle was the seat of power in the North East of England and after the Norman Conquest and the subsequent Harrying of the North, the Bishop of Durham was granted exceptional powers to act as a political and military leader. The king allowed him to raise taxes, mint coins and hold his own parliaments. Such royal privileges made the Bishop of Durham the second most powerful man in the country - he effectively ruled the area between the Tyne and the Tees.

The Castle is now home to many important works of art, most notably the paintings of Jacob (Israel) and his twelve sons by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán.

Have a look at how the Bishops lived at Auckland Castle

Is This The Paradise State Bed of Henry VII?

Probably the only piece of furniture to survive from the Tudor palace of Westminster.


The Scotland Wing

A Building of mystery whose original purpose is still unknown. The Scotland Wing is in poor condition and wil be restored to its former purpose and glory.


St Peter's Chapel

The largest private chapel in Europe, it was built from the rubble of Auckland Castle's previous chapel which was destroyed during the Civil War.


Deer House

A rare and well-preserved example of the 18th Century Gothic Revival architecture providing deer with shelter and food.


The Throne Room

The public face of the Prince Bishops, the throne room was built to make visitors understand the power of the Bishops of Durham.


The Long Dining Room

The Long Dining Room was built by Bishop Trevor to house the set on Zurbarán pictures of Jacob and the 12 tribes of Israel.


Zurbarán Paintings

Acquired by Bishop Trevor to bewail the loss of freedom of the Jewish community in Britain, these pictures are among the most significant treasures in the Country.


The Park and Gardens

Unchanged for over 800 years, much of the park provides an insight into the history of our countryside.


Opening Hours.

The Castle is now closed and will reopen on March 30th 2014. During the winter period the park remains open.

Adults: £8.00 , Concessions: £6.00
Children over 12 £4.00 ,under 12 FREE
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): £20.00

Concessions available for Senior Citizens and Students, accompanying carers FREE

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