Auckland, the gateway to Weardale, is a busy market town in South West
Durham. The town stands high above a meander in the River Wear,
commanding spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. If you are
interested in history, Bishop Auckland has it all. The main street,
Newgate Street, follows the Roman road, Dere Street. A mile from the
town are the remains of Binchester Roman Fort, and at Escomb we have
one of the finest examples of early Christian architecture in Northern
Europe in the restored 7th Century Escomb Saxon Church In Bishop
Auckland’s historic Market Place, is the Town Hall, a superb,
refurbished library and arts complex. Also just off the Market Place,
in North Bondgate, is the Discovery Centre, an exhibition and events
space open to the public. And of course we have the magnificent
Auckland Castle, the official country residence of the Prince Bishops
for centurys and still the official home of the Bishop of Durham.
Surrounding the Castle is the Bishop's Deer Park. On Newgate Street
once stood the Eden Theatre, managed for several years by Arthur
Jefferson, the father of Stan Laurel. Stan was baptised in St. Peters
Church and went to school at King James I Grammar School. But, if your
interest is shopping, you will not be disappointed. Bishop Auckland has
over 200 shops and over 50 cafes, restaurants take-aways and pubs.
Venture to the south end of Newgate Street or into Fore Bondgate for
specialist shops you just won’t find on most high streets.