The Auckland Project

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Telephone: 01388 743750


The Auckland Project is a visitor destination located in the market town of Bishop Auckland, 30 miles south of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. 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 open
  • 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.

Useful Information

Opening Hours

Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00

Thursday 10:00 - 16:00

Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone: 01388 743750


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