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 Ltd. began preliminary works on the Walled Garden in December 2017, clearing the site.

Now, the Durham-based contractor is moving on to the next stage of enabling works, repairing the historic walls, restoring the original contours of the Walled Garden and re-laying soil in the lower garden to prepare the ground.

The work is expected to take seven months, ready for planting to begin in early 2019.

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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