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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)

Richard Gregory 48 on January 12, 2013

Thanks to: Valerio - Pam - Kicaj - Rita and JC for all your kind comments.. Best Wishes Richard

LEIRE13 on January 13, 2013

Like nº 74.

Beautiful place and photo.

Salud2...from Spain...

Richard Gregory 48 on January 13, 2013

Thanks LEIRE for your lovely comments

Səməd on January 14, 2013

Amazing view! L

Andrei Matusov on January 15, 2013



Vanni Lazzari on January 18, 2013

Molto bella, like. Saluti Vanni

Laurel211 on January 19, 2013

Very beautiful shot of this castle. I've never seen a castle before. Your castle photos make me want to visit and see them up close. Like

Richard Gregory 48 on January 19, 2013

Thanks to Клевый у меня ник? for your kind remarks :-) Hi Vanni thanks for your visit .Hi Laurel there is some beautiful castles throughout the UK, well worth a visit..Cheers

Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on January 22, 2013

Very nice "image of the beautiful architecture! ,,Like!.,,Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

Richard Gregory 48 on January 22, 2013

Many thanks ijaz ahmad for your visit

© PiGi'Franco on January 22, 2013

Very nice castle and beautiful shot, Richard! I like it.

Warm greetinga. PiGì

Richard Gregory 48 on January 24, 2013

Thanks PiGì..and..Johnny for your visit and kind comments

Christos Theodorou on January 24, 2013

Charming panoramic view. Greetings from Athens.

Ali Raza on January 25, 2013


Beautiful photo.

Best wishes

Alfre MM on January 28, 2013

Beautiful panoramic, framing and perspective are wonderful, great sharpness. I like. Best regards, Alfredo.

Richard Gregory 48 on January 28, 2013

Much appreciated Alfredo..cheers

Ilie Olar on February 1, 2013

Very nice place and photo! 16-85 YSL! Greetings from Romania, Ilie

leo1383 on February 8, 2013

Like, well taken, very nice picture, you have a beautiful gallery, I added in favorite photographers, greetings Leo

Richard Gregory 48 on February 8, 2013

Well thank you Leo cheers

Germán Cruces Rajoan on February 13, 2013

Precioso este castillo.Saludos

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    by Richard Gregory 48
    • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
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