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 Castles of England - Auckland Castle






Location
Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, England

Description
Auckland Castle is located at Bishop Auckland in County Durham. It is the official residence of the Bishop of Durham and has been owned by the diocese for more than 800 years. It is a Gothic country house rather than a military castle. The castle is open to the public and is available for weddings, conferences and banquets. It has a large archway over the enterance to Bishop's Park. Auckland Castle is also known as Auckland Palace. The castle is surrounded by a large park originally used by the Bishops for hunting. In the park there is the Deer House built in 1760 - a large stone castellated structure used as a shelter for deer, with a viewing room for people to see the deer.

History
Part of the building was called the Scotland Wing because it was used to hold Scottish prisoners. The Scotland Wing is now used as accommodation for the Durham Diocesan Office, and the official residence of the Bishop of Durham.


Other Castles in the Area
  Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
  Bowes Castle, Co. Durham
  Lumley Castle, Co. Durham
  Raby Castle, Co. Durham







Raby Castle
Auckland Castle

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