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 is a bustling market town standing high above a meander in the River Wear with commanding views of the surrounding countryside, and known as the gateway to Weardale. The earliest known reference to Bishop Auckland is around 1000AD as land given to the Earl of Northumberland for defending the church against the Scots. It is also mentioned in 1020 as a gift given to the Bishop of Durham by King Canute.
Stan Laurel, of the famous comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, lived in Bishop Auckland and his parents owned the town’s Eden Theatre. Sir Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957, was born in Bishop Auckland.
Auckland Castle was the country residence of the Prince Bishops for centuries, and is still the official home of the Bishop of Durham.