Auckland Castle, County Durham

The historic home of the Prince Bishops of Durham, Auckland Castle in the North East of England is one of the most important and best-preserved bishops’ palaces in all of Europe.

In 2012 it was taken over by regional charity, Auckland Castle Trust, and is now being transformed into a faith, art and heritage destination of international significance.

The Scotland Wing Extension, which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will house a permanent museum of faith in the British Isles from prehistory to the modern day, as well as an art storage space.

The Extension is located adjacent to the historic site of the old Castle grange. Referencing the site’s history, we looked at the mediaeval tithe barn building type as inspiration for the character of the new building.

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In addition to the restoration of 900-year-old Auckland Castle and the adjoining Faith Museum, supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Trust is also developing a reimagined 17th Century Walled Garden, Mining Art Gallery, Spanish Gallery and Welcome Building nearby.