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Auckland Castle (also known as Auckland Palace or locally as the Bishop's Castle or Bishop's Palace) is a castle in the town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham, England.

The castle has been owned by the diocese for more than 800 years, being established as a hunting lodge for the Prince Bishops of Durham. Auckland Castle was the official residence of the Bishops of Durham from 1832 until July 2012 when ownership of the castle was transferred over to the Auckland Castle Trust, a charitable foundation whose aim is to begin a major restoration of the grounds and castle, and set up permanent exhibitions on the history of Christianity in Britain and the North East.The bishop will continue to work in Auckland Castle, but no longer resides there.

It is more like a Gothic country house than a true castle with a military function. The Castle's Scotland Wing presently serves as the administrative offices of the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance.

The castle's long dining room is home to 12 of the 13 17th century portraits of Jacob and his 12 sons painted by Francisco de Zurbarán. The room, in which they have hung for 250 years, was specifically designed and built for them. In 2001 the Church Commissioners voted to sell the paintings which have a £20m valuation, but relented until a review in 2010. On 31 March 2011 Church Commissioners announced that plans to sell off the paintings were shelved following a donation of £15 million from investment manager Jonathan Garnier Ruffer.

The castle is surrounded by 800 acres (3.2 km2) of parkland, which was originally used by the Bishops for hunting and is today open to the public.[4] The castle and its grounds contain seven Grade I listed buildings.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] These include a Deer House within the park which was built in 1760. It is a large stone castellated structure and acts as a shelter for deer. There is a viewing room for people to view the deer.

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Comments (124)

© Manuele Finali on December 2, 2012

Wonderful shot, liked

Panos T. Mourlas on December 5, 2012

Great picture, wonderful view !!!

Like !!!.

Greetings from Greece!


bakyy photo on December 7, 2012




Hollis chen on December 10, 2012

Beautiful architecture!! very good photo..


Best wishes from Taiwan,HungChu Chen

dana ciszewska on December 11, 2012

Magnificent architecture,well taken shot.L.Greetings.Dana

новосивачки on December 13, 2012

Beautiful photo,L 57,greetings from Serbia,Milan!!!

pere oliver on December 13, 2012

hola Richard buena imagen precioso castillo me gusta gracias por la visita buenas fiestas Pedro

KWO Tsoumenis on December 15, 2012

Wonderful castle and photo


Best regards, Kostas

Margareth de Noronha on December 16, 2012

Bela imagem, Richard!Lindo castelo!

Kalin Ranchev on December 16, 2012

Very impressive and beautifu castle, wonderful green grass, great composition and perspective!!!





Premysl on December 20, 2012

Very nice photo! YSL
Dear Linrich, I wish you
a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2013!
Many greetings from Czech to your home, Přemysl

Rafl on December 21, 2012

ILIKE elegant shot castle! rafl

Sylwester Hawryl on December 28, 2012

Excellent, and of course i Like it!!!!! Happy new year 2013 to you and your family!!!

Pete Taylor on December 30, 2012

Elegant composition Richard, like from me. Hope you have an excellent New Year.

Best regards.


& on December 30, 2012

just fantastic!!!!! amazing place!!!! like

Valerio Manassero on January 1, 2013

Beautiful photo! Like! I wish you a happy new year 2013! Greetings from Italy!

Pam Goodey on January 10, 2013

What a beautiful building, Superb capture Richard. LIKE Regards Pam

Kicaj on January 10, 2013

Fajne ujęcie LIKE

Serdecznie pozdrawiam z Łodzi, Polska :) Kicaj

Rita Eberle-Wessner on January 10, 2013

Very good work! I like this shot!

Jicé Baroudeur on January 12, 2013

LIKE 73 for the fantastic colors and composition....
I like it really.
Warm greetings from brussels
JC :-)

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  • Uploaded on October 20, 2012
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    by ⚔ Richard ⚔
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
    • Taken on 2012/10/19 02:28:13
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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