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Travelling around Bishop Auckland

Travelling around Bishop Auckland

A stunning castle, thriving shopping scene and lots of interesting architecture await visitors to Bishop Auckland. This attractive market town in the Vale of Durham has a fascinating heritage and stands tall over the meandering River Wear. It’s also considered to be one of the friendliest towns around!

So, whether you’re a history lover popping by to see the castle, a shopaholic coming to make the most of the shopping centre or simply a resident looking for something fun to do at the weekend, you’ll find plenty in ‘Bish’ to keep you entertained.

There are regular trains from Bishop Auckland to Middlesbrough, Whitby and Saltburn, and Arriva buses offer plenty of ways to get to and around the town itself. Jump on a bus for a short trip into the town centre or travel further afield with services running to Durham, Darlington and Tow Law.


Bishop Auckland Town Hall

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No visit to Bishop Auckland could be complete without paying the magnificent Auckland Castle a visit. This stunning example of historic architecture has plenty of exhibitions and original items for visitors to peruse, including a series of original 17th-century artworks created by the Spanish artist, Francisco de Zurbaran. Or, if you prefer the great outdoors, there is Bishop’s Deer Park. This is 200 acres of glorious parkland that surrounds the castle – the perfect place for summer picnics and long dog walks.

There’s plenty in Bishop Auckland for culture lovers. Head to the Town Hall for an excellent library and cinema, as well as a thriving theatre and arts complex. Or, if shopping is more your bag, the town centre is full of treasures. Head to Bondgate for boutiques and specialist shops that you won’t find on the high street.