Future Plans 2016-2020

Walled Garden & Restaurant

Created by Bishop Cosin in the 17th century, the Walled Garden at Auckland Castle was one of the first of its kind in North East England. Using pioneering techniques it featured heated walls and innovative glass hothouses to grow vegetables, flowers, fruit and even pineapples, for the Bishop’s guests. Following this tradition, produce grown in the redeveloped garden will be used within The Auckland Project's restaurants.

Your visit will follow the route taken by the Bishop and his guests, down the 18th-century stairs to the Walled Garden, which is divided into three sections: an upper garden, terrace and greenhouses.

Situated over the main terrace of the Upper Walled Garden, will be the Walled Garden Restaurant, a striking new contemporary structure designed by Japanese architects SANAA. Click here to find out more.

Rainton Construction, based in Durham, has begun early preliminary works, clearing rubble, preserving and storing historically significant stonework, and preparing access routes to allow for further works to commence in 2018.

The next phase will see Rainton Construction completing a complex earth removal exercise, insitu reinforced concrete retaining structures, as well as works to all the Grade I listed walls and new pedestrian access ways involving extensive paving.

The Walled Garden and restaurant is supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Headley Trust

Anyone visiting the castle will be able to see the developments taking shape from the castle driveway above.

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

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