Parking is located at North Bondgate car park in the heart of Bishop Auckland town and a five-minute walk from the castle. The route from the car park to the castle is flat and well maintained. For those who are unable to walk or who have small children there is a shuttle bus service between the car park and castle, which departs every 15 minutes. The collection point for the shuttle bus is within the car park. However this only runs on specific days, due to construction on the Auckland Castle site.
Until the castle is restored and redeveloped, there will be a small number of areas that may be harder to access for those who are less mobile. We would not want you to arrive at Auckland Castle only to be disappointed with your experience, and we therefore advise anyone who is concerned that they might have accessibility problems to contact us in advance of your visit.
Our main garden areas are flat and the deer park has a gravelled access via the castle driveway. The park itself has undulating topography, but nothing that is too hilly or challenging.
Please note disabled parking is no longer available on site at Auckland Castle.
Mining Art Gallery
The Mining Art Gallery is an accessible building. Certain areas of the building are accessible via lift or stair climber. For more information please look at our online access guide.
We have a complimentary ticket policy for personal assistants. Proof of concession will be required, more information is available on our ticket booking page.
Download the complete printer friendly Mining Art Gallery accessibility guide.
If you would like to talk to us about your specific requirements before visiting, please contact us on 01388 743 750.
As Auckland Castle is currently still in build phase access to Deer Park, along the Broadwalk, is not considered accessible – although a pedestrian route is kept open during daylight hours. We would recommend a motorised wheelchair for the Deer Park itself because of the terrain and change in levels. This construction phase will provide a cobble free access through Robinson Arch upon completion, which will make the Broadwalk accessible.
Accessibility information for our multi-use space, No.42, can be found here. Visitors can now see a snapshot of the work being carried out by The Auckland Project in its mission to create an arts, faith, heritage and cultural destination of international importance, as well as visiting our ground floor shop and gallery, which supports local artists.