Auckland Castle Deer House

Auckland Deer House set amongst trees on rolling lawns, with view of tower and collonaded deer shelter
Arches at Auckland Castle Deer House

Free Entry

Open daily


Auckland Castle Deer Park, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL14 7QJ

Before You Go

A charming Gothic Revival 'eyecatcher' built in 1760 in the park of the Bishops of Durham. It provided deer with shelter and food, and had grounds for picnics and rooms for enjoying the view.

Read more about the history of the deer house.

Before You Go

Opening Times: There is no access to the interior. The exterior is open to view from the surrounding parkland daily, 10am-6pm between April and September, and 10am-4pm between October and March.

Access: Paths are very uneven and part of the route is over grass.

Parking: Charged parking is available in Bishop Auckland, not managed by English Heritage. The Deer House is within parkland behind Auckland Castle. 

Facilities: Nearby Bishop Auckland has a range of places to eat, drink and shop. There are public toilets in the bus statio.

Dogs: Please keep dogs on leads.

Please be aware: Farm livestock is likely to be present.

Other Information: Auckland Castle is managed by Auckland Castle Trust.

Plan a Great Day Out

If you are exploring County Durham, why not drop into Barnard Castle, situated in the town of the same name. 'Barny', as it is known locally, is a 30 minute drive from Auckland Castle through some of the most beautiful scenery in County Durham. Egglestone Abbey and Bowes Castle are also nearby.



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