Admissions & Parking

From Monday 1 February - Friday 30 September 2016.

The Castle and The Library Tea Room open 10am-5pm. Last admission 4pm. Closed Tuesday. 
The Park open daily from 6am to dusk.

Admission Prices

Admission prices are as follows:

  • Adults: £6
  • Concessions: £5
  • Under 16s: FREE
  • Season Pass: £15 (Valid Monday 1 February - Friday 30 September 2016)
  • Concessions: £14

For group bookings of 10 or more contact call 01388 743 797 or to hear about our latest discounts.

Accompanying carers are given free admission. (Please provide proof)

National Art Pass holders FREE 
Historic Houses Association members £4

We also have free guided tours available at 11:30 & 2:30pm every day except Tuesday.

Library Tea Room and Park - FREE

In order to preserve the historic landscape with its picturesque views, from1 April 2016 we will operate a STRICTLY NO PARKING ON SITE policy.  Please follow signs to North Bondgate Car Park, just 300 yards from the castle gates postcode DL14 7PG. The terrain is flat and you will be able to enjoy some of the town as you make your way to Auckland Castle. Charges are 60p for the first 2 hours and 50p per hour thereafter. Charges apply between 8am-6pm.

Blue Badge 
We no longer offer Disabled Parking on site. However, a Shuttle Bus is available for those with accessibility needs running daily from 10am-5pm, running in approx. 15 min intervals. The Shuttle Bus will leave from North Bondgate Car Park and drop off in the Castle grounds.

Train Times
f you are planning your journey to Auckland Castle by train here are some useful times and links to help you plan your trip:

London to Bishop Auckland- Approximately 3:19 min

York to Bishop Auckland-Approximately 1:12 min

Newcastle to Bishop Auckland- Approximately 1:14 min

Darlington to Bishop Auckland-Approximately 26 min


Bishop Auckland has regular bus links around the region, here are some useful links to help ensure your journey runs as smoothly as possible:

Darlington to Bishop Auckland

Durham to Bishop Auckland

Newcastle to Bishop Auckland

Weardale to Bishop Auckland

For local taxi services please click here.

For further information call 01388 743 750 or email




"Fantastic castle, beautifully maintained with fantastic, informative staff."