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Auckland Castle Review

Arguably the greatest of the prince-bishops of Durham's properties is this episcopal palace, which you enter through an elaborate stone arch. Much of what's on view today dates from the 16th century, although the limestone-and-marble chapel, with its dazzling stained-glass windows, was built in 1665 from the ruins of a 12th-century hall. Don't miss the extraordinary paintings of Jacob and his 12 sons by the 17th-century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán, in the Long Dining Room. Call ahead to confirm opening times.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off Market Pl., Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NR
  • Phone: 01388/601627
  • Cost: £8
  • Hours: Mar.–Oct., Wed.–Mon. 10:30–4; tours 11:30 and 2.
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  • Location: Bishop Auckland
Updated: 06-04-2014

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