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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: £5
  • Hours: Easter–June and Sept., Mon. and Sun. 2–5; July and Aug., Mon. and Wed. 11–5, Sun. 2–5; park daily 7 am–sunset
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  • Location: Bishop Auckland
Updated: 06-10-2013

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