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King of the Castle

Bishop Auckland is in the centre of County Durham, enjoying easy access to the coast and Pennines. The region is known as Land of the Prince Bishops, and it was here at the imposing Auckland Castle that they lived. This stunning medieval building was home to the Bishops of Durham for centuries, who ruled the area like royalty. Today, you can enjoy views across the River Wear, visit the permanent exhibitions or join in with one of the many regular events. Or simply enjoy the formal gardens and deer park.

Food and fireworks

The two biggest events in the town are both relative newcomers. In 2016, Kynren - a £31 million open-air live action show that attracted more than 100,000 visitors - was launched. The event looks back on thousands of years of local history with fireworks, live battles and more. The Bishop Auckland Food Festival, which takes place in the castle grounds in April, showcases Durham’s best local produce and producers and is a favourite of locals and visitors alike.

Gateway to Weardale

Step just outside of town and you’ll be blessed with countryside packed with stunning scenery and local history. Climb high and the moorlands give great views, while walks along the River Wear are equally pleasant. If you want to go a step further, join the 73-mile long Weardale Way from Monkwearmouth to Wearhead. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Bishop Auckland? Try the Travelodge Sedgefield Hotel, just a couple of miles from Hardwick Hall and close to Bishop Aukland, Durham and Teeside International Airport.