Lots to see and do

local attractions

To help you to plan your visit to County Durham, here are some suggestions of other popular places and activities which are located nearby. See also our suggestions for accommodation.


Auckland Castle and Bishop Auckland are located within County Durham, which is well-known for beautiful countryside and its many heritage sites, in particular Durham Cathedral and World Heritage Centre; Beamish – the Living Museum of the North; The Bowes Museum; Locomotion: the National Railway Museum; Raby Castle; Binchester Roman Fort; Adventure Valley;  Killhope Lead Mining Museum and High Force waterfall. To check upcoming events and festivals, and activities in the area, visit thisisdurham.com or discoverweardale.com.


This summer sees the return of Kynren, an open-air theatrical spectacular produced by Auckland Castle’s sister charity, Eleven Arches. These amazing live shows will take place across July, August and September and tickets are on sale now.

Outdoor Activities: 

There are over 120 designated and branded walking and cycling trails in the county, including the Walney to Wear (W2W) cycle route through the Durham Dales, which comes right through Bishop Auckland, the award-winning Coast to Coast route and the North Sea Cycle Route. There is also an impressive network of railway paths and a number of routes across the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Pennine Way, the Durham Heritage Coast footpath and a relatively recent Wainwright walk are high-profile routes in the county.

Nearby Cities and Towns: 

If you would prefer the liveliness of an urban centre, Durham and Darlington are the closest to Bishop Auckland, and less than an hour’s drive away lies Newcastle/Gateshead with the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the Sage Gateshead plus theatres, shops and museums. There is also excellent shopping to be found in the huge Metro Centre retail park in Gateshead as well as in the centres of the towns and cities.

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