8th November 2019
Auckland Castle, former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham, re-opened to the public following a major conservation project

The historic Auckland Castle in County Durham reopened to the public on 2 November 2019 following a three-year conservation project. Once the private palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham, the Castle reveals a legacy of Northern power from medieval times to the present day, highlighting the untold stories of some of the most influential characters in British history.

Auckland Castle’s State Rooms have been returned to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, designed by renowned English architect James Wyatt. Highlights include the series of paintings Jacob and His Twelve Sons by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán, and the Bishops’ private apartments, now open to visitors for the very first time. The Castle also features a new temporary exhibition space – The Bishop Trevor Gallery – bringing world-class European paintings to the North East.

Auckland Castle is the centrepiece of The Auckland Project, a multi-faceted visitor destination using art, faith and heritage to fuel long-term change in the town of Bishop Auckland.

For further information, please visit aucklandproject.org

Image Credit: The newly conserved Throne Room at Auckland Castle, returned to its Georgian Gothic splendour as designed by celebrated architect, James Wyatt. Photograph by House of Hues. Courtesy of The Auckland Project