Future Plans 2016-2020


Auckland Tower

Your visit to Auckland Castle will soon begin at Auckland Tower where you can find all the information you need to explore the castle, grounds and local area. Here you will buy entry tickets, collect guidebooks and maps, get directions, and learn about special seasonal events and activities.

If you would like to travel further afield Auckland Tower will provide information on other local tourist attractions, accommodation providers, and places to explore within Bishop Auckland.

The building, designed by Niall McLaughlin who also designed the new Faith Museum extension, stands on the threshold between the town and the castle. Its modern design echoes a great wooden siege engine drawn up against the castle’s fortifications to allow access to the historic inner realm – effectively breaking down the walls between the town and the Castle.

It is also reminiscent of the temporary wooden structures historically used in the Market Place for fairs and festivals.

Like the market stalls, once bedecked with garlands, Auckland Tower will be adorned with beautiful decoration, including crafted ornate shutters.

It will also boast a dramatic 29 metre high tower, with a viewing platform 15m up to offer unsurpassed views across Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland town, and the rural landscape beyond.

Bishop Auckland Market Place road has been realigned by Durham County Council to create a pedestrian friendly approach and accommodate the new building.  Any inquiries regarding these road works can be directed to the Council’s Technical Services Team on 03000 262726.

Ground was broken on Auckland Tower by local contractors VEST Construction in February 2017 and the building is due for completion in early 2018, supported by The Headley Trust.

This page will be updated regularly with news, images and films of the development.

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