Visiting Times

Visiting Times

Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland
County Durham, DL14 7NR

Phone: 01388 743750

Admissions and Parking
Opening Hours
Open every day except Tuesday until Friday 30 September 2016
Castle and Library Tea Room open 10am-5pm. Last admission 4pm. Closed Tuesday.

Free guided tours available at 11.30am and 2.30pm every day except Tuesday
Park open daily from 6am to dusk.

Admission Prices
Admission prices are as follows:
Adults: £6
Concessions: £5
Under 16s: FREE
Season Pass of unlimited visits: £15 (valid until 30 September 2016)
Season Pass Concessions: £14
For group bookings of 10 or more please contact us on 01388 743797 or to hear about our latest discounts.

Accompanying carers are given free admission. (Please provide proof)
National Art Pass holders: FREE
Historic Houses Association members: £4

Security Notice

For everyone’s safety all bags, rucksacks, packages and personal items may be inspected.

Travelling to Auckland Castle by car
If you are planning to travel to Auckland Castle by car here are some estimated travel distances which may help you plan your day.
We are located approximately 12 miles from Durham, 13 miles from Darlington, 25 miles from Middlesbrough and 30 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. From the A1 motorway take the A688 from Durham Services (J61) to Bishop Auckland.

There is no parking on site to preserve the historic landscape with its picturesque views. Please follow signs to North Bondgate car park, just 300 yards from the Castle gates. The terrain is flat and you will be able to enjoy some of the town as you make your way to Auckland Castle. There is now a free shuttle minibus service for those with mobility issues.

Due to works being carried out by Durham County Council there is currently no access to North Bondgate Car Park through the Market Place. Please follow the diversion signs to the car park of follow Sat Nav postcode DL14 7PG. Once you have parked, turn left out of the car park, walk straight ahead until you come to the Town Hall. Continue past the Town Hall on the right-hand side of the building until you see the Robinson Arch which is the main entrance to the Castle. If you don’t want to walk you could wait for our free shuttle bus (See below for details).

On Kynren performance days the North Bondgate car park is reserved after 5.30pm for Kynren parking ticket holders only.
Kynren is performed on:
July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 29th, 30th
August 12th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 28th
September 3rd, 10th, 17th

Free Shuttle Service
A new free ‘car to castle’ shuttle service makes it easier for visitors with mobility issues to visit Auckland Castle. The shuttle minibus runs from a special stop within the North Bondgate car park (see map) to Auckland Castle’s visitor reception. The bus is accessible to wheelchairs.

Train Times
If you are planning your journey to Auckland Castle by train here are some useful times and links to help you plan your trip:
London to Bishop Auckland: approximately 3 hr 19 min
York to Bishop Auckland: approximately 1 hr 12 min
Newcastle to Bishop Auckland: approximately 1 hr 4 min
Darlington to Bishop Auckland: approximately 26 min

Bishop Auckland has regular bus connections around the region.
Go North East launched a new service, The Castles Express, from Newcastle to Bishop Auckland in March 2016.
For local taxi services please click here.

For further information call 01388 743 750 or email

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