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Auckland Tower is set to open its doors to the public on Saturday, 20 October 2018.

Staffed by a new Experience Team and volunteers, Auckland Tower will sell tickets to all elements of The Auckland Project, as they open, and will provide visitors with a chance to learn about special seasonal events and activities. 

To celebrate the opening, you are invited to attend a special launch event. Starting from 10am, the event includes a host of activities, including live music, art and tours. Celebrations will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a performance by seven-piece band Back Chat Brass.

You will be able to see inside the completed building for the first time, including the ticket hall and first floor archaeology display. The tower itself will also be accessible, giving you the opportunity to climb up to the 15-metre high viewing platform and enjoy panoramic views of Auckland Castle, the town and surrounding countryside.

There will be a variety of talks and tours including:


  • Views from Auckland Tower
    Drop-in throughout day

  • Behind the Scenes Tours of Auckland Castle
    Drop-in throughout day

  • Past and Future Tours
    Hourly from 11am to 2pm

  • Deer Park Tours
    Setting off at 12pm and 2pm

All tours are drop-in, please see a member of the team if you're interested in attending on the day.


Drop-in talks will take place throughout the day on the First Floor, delving into the history of the Prince Bishops and the inspiration behind the building

Entry to Auckland Tower will be free for the opening weekend.



Auckland Castle
Castle / Fort
Auckland Castle

Historically the Prince Bishops' country residence, home to the Bishop of Durham. The Castle & Library Tea Room are now closed until 2018.



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