Key Visitor Economy Developments
The Auckland Project
The Auckland Project spans over a thousand years, with seven venues in one beautiful setting.
900-year-old Auckland Castle, part of The Auckland Project, reopened in November 2019 following a multi-million pound conservation project. Once home to the powerful Prince Bishops of Durham, the Castle’s State Rooms have been returned to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, while the Bishops’ private apartments are also open to the public for the first time. Artwork on show will include the famous Jacob and His Twelve Sons by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán.
The Mining Art Gallery
The gallery, which opened in October 2017, provides a permanent home for more than 400 works from prominent local artists connected with the region's mining communities, including Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish.
Auckland Tower, which opened in 2018, provides a starting point for a visit to The Auckland Project, providing information on the castle, grounds and local area, and ticketing for the individual attractions
Explore the 150 acre Deer Park, created over 800 years ago by the Prince Bishops of Durham.
The first gallery in the UK dedicated to exploring the arts and culture of the Spanish world.
The first museum in England to explore faith in Britain and Ireland, from the past to the present day.
Follow the redevelopment of this stunning garden, which was originally built in the 17th century.