Discover a castle fit for a prince

Vale of Durham, Durham

Explore artistic treasures in Auckland Castle, home of the Prince Bishops of Durham for 900 years, and set to host a spectacular new show from 2016.

Uncover the intriguing stories of the Prince Bishops of Durham, men of great power, wealth, faith and passion, who for centuries were equal in power to the kings of England. This palace was their home and hunting lodge.

Admire the spectacular ceiling and stained-glass windows at Europe's largest private chapel, venture out to the grounds – which retain elements of the Medieval Park – and don't miss the artworks. Most notable are the 13 paintings of Jacob and his 12 sons by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán that have hung in the castle for 250 years.

New life will be breathed into Auckland Castle and the surrounding area from June 2016, with the Eleven Arches project – a spectacular night show bringing to life 2,000 years of Britain’s history.

Auckland Castle is 20 minutes from Durham City, itself 3 hours from London by train.

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SSt Peter's Chapel at Auckland Castle. © Auckland Castle Trust / Visit County Durham
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