Latest News

A Warm Welcome for Thousands At Auckland Tower

4 December 2018

3,853 visitors have already been drawn to Auckland Tower to see the new contemporary structure and meet its friendly staff and volunteers

Auckland Tower in Bishop Auckland Market Place opened on 20 October. It is the first port of call for visitors to The Auckland Project and everyone arriving there is met with a smile from its Visitor Experience Team.

The team is a mixture of staff and volunteers from Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area. They are on hand to offer a warm welcome and ensure all visitors enjoy their time at The Auckland Project and the town.

In the months leading up to the Tower’s opening, the 31-strong team received more than 200 hours of specialist training to fulfil this role. This included learning more about the history of the local area and WorldHost training, a benchmark for excellence in customer service.

Visitors to Auckland Tower are able to learn about special seasonal events and activities and purchase tickets to all elements of The Auckland Project.

This includes tickets for the already open Mining Art Gallery, as well as Auckland Castle, Spanish Gallery, Walled Garden and Faith Museum, which will open in stages over the next two years. Tickets for each of these attractions will go on sale close to their respective launches.

In the meantime, tickets to climb Auckland Tower’s viewing platform are now available daily, priced at £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s. Admission to the Tower is also included in the price of a ticket to Mining Art Gallery. For more information click here.

4 Apr 2019 Food Festival 2019

26 Mar 2019 Norman Cornish - A Slice of Life

21 Mar 2019 Trail Stamp Winner Chosen

26 Feb 2019 Special Talk at Mining Art Gallery

19 Feb 2019 Incredible Edible Bishop Auckland

14 Feb 2019 Tower Arts: Mint Print

28 Jan 2019 Spaces for Shoppers

24 Jan 2019 Chance to Vote for Trail Stamp

15 Jan 2019 Young Archaeologists' Club

20 Dec 2018 Christmas Holidays