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The Auckland Project, North East visitor attraction and nine renovated historic sites.


The Auckland Project is a visitor destination located in the market town of Bishop Auckland. Opening over the next two years, The Auckland Project will be a place that captures the imagination. Centred in and around 900-year-old Auckland Castle, home to the mighty Prince Bishops of Durham, it will also include a Spanish Gallery and restaurant, Faith Museum, Mining Art Gallery, Auckland Tower visitor centre, re-imagined Walled Garden and Deer Park.

- Auckland Tower – open

- Mining Art Gallery – open

- Deer Park – open

- Auckland Castle – in development

- Spanish Gallery – in development

- Walled Garden – in development

- Faith Museum – in development

Auckland Tower is the starting point for visits to The Auckland Project. Here, you can find all the information you need to explore. Scale the tower to the 15m-high viewing platform, offering unsurpassed views across Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland town and the rural landscape beyond.

After visiting Auckland Tower, experience life through the eyes of prominent mining artists at the Mining Art Gallery, located nearby in the Market Place. With three permanent galleries and one temporary exhibition space on the ground floor, the gallery explores working life in the coal mines through original artefacts and artworks by mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.

Visit to keep up to date with venue openings, as well as exhibitions, events and activities taking place throughout the year.



Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
All venue Adult ticket£10.00 per person per day
All venue Child ticket (under 16)£2.00 per person per day
All venue Concession ticket£8.00 per person per day

Individual attraction tickets also available.
Tickets can be bought online, by calling 01388 743 797 or at Auckland Tower.

Map & Directions

Opening Times

The Auckland Project (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* Open on bank holidays

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change