Future Plans 2016-2020


Auckland Tower

Your visit to The Auckland Project begins at Auckland Tower, where you can find all the information you need to explore the castle, grounds and local area. Here you will buy entry tickets, collect guidebooks and maps, get directions, and learn about special seasonal events and activities.

Your visit to The Auckland Project will begin at Auckland Tower where you can find all the information you need to explore all our venues as they open over the next two years. If you would like to travel further afield Auckland Tower will provide information on other local tourist attractions, accommodation providers, and places to explore within and around Bishop Auckland.

The building, designed by Niall McLaughlin who also designed the new Faith Museum extension, stands on the threshold between the town and the castle. Its modern design echoes a great wooden siege engine drawn up against the castle’s fortifications to allow access to the historic inner realm – effectively breaking down the walls between the town and the Castle.

It is also reminiscent of the temporary wooden structures historically used in the Market Place for fairs and festivals.

It will also boast a dramatic 29 metre high tower, with a viewing platform 15m up to offer views across the Deer Park, Bishop Auckland town, and the rural landscape beyond.

Bishop Auckland Market Place road has been realigned by Durham County Council to create a pedestrian friendly approach and accommodate the new building.  Any inquiries regarding these road works can be directed to the Council’s Technical Services Team on 03000 262726.

Ground was broken on Auckland Tower by local contractors VEST Construction in February 2017 and the building was completed in 2018.

The development of Auckland Tower would not have been possible without the support of North East Local Enterprise Partnership and The Headley Trust.

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