It takes more than a day to delve into over a thousand years of history.

We recommend staying for at least two nights to visit The Auckland Project’s attractions, including Auckland Castle and Gardens, the Spanish Gallery, and the Mining Art Gallery.


Please visit The Auckland Project website for up-to-date opening times and ticket prices


Park Head is also the perfect base for those who enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and golf.


We’ve included our recommendations below to help you plan your visit.



Auckland Castle & Gardens

Auckland Castle is one of the best-preserved bishop’s palaces in Europe. Highlights include the Georgian Gothic state rooms, the magnificent St Peter’s Chapel, and one of the finest collections of Zurbarán paintings in the world. Don’t miss the beautiful gardens, including the historic Walled Garden, where fresh produce is grown for Park Head Hotel.


Mining Art Gallery

With an intimate and awe-inspiring collection of mining art, the Mining Art Gallery gives a truly unique insight into the lives and souls of County Durham coal miners and their communities.


The Spanish Gallery

Immerse yourself in the Spanish Golden Age at the UK’s first gallery dedicated to the art, history and culture of Spain.

Inspired by the Zurbarán paintings in Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery contains the UK’s largest collection of 16th and 17th-century Spanish artworks outside London, including work by El Greco, Murillo and Velázquez.


Weardale Railway

Take a ride on the Weardale Railway to enjoy stunning views of Weardale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Managed by The Auckland Project and the Weardale Railway Trust, Weardale Railway operates regular heritage passenger services from Stanhope Station.



Watch the epic tale of England come to life in this spectacular, live action outdoor show, presented by our sister charity Eleven Arches


Journey through time with amazing performances and unforgettable adventures for all the family. 


Walking and Cycling

Park Head Hotel is the perfect base for walkers and cyclists, with a number of walking trails and cycle paths within easy reach of the hotel. 


Explore the historic Deer Park surrounding Auckland Castle, follow the Auckland Way, or join one of the Northern Saints Trails, which follow ancient pilgrimage routes in the North of England. 


Stay a little longer...

A longer stay at Park Head Hotel will give you the opportunity to visit Durham City, Barnard Castle and the Durham Dales, all within easy reach of Bishop Auckland.


Visit the Visit County Durham website to find more inspiration for days out, activities and places to visit in the local area.


Golf breaks

Park Head Hotel is ideally located next to Bishop Auckland Golf Club, an 18 hole par 72 golf course with stunning views of the picturesque Wear Valley and Auckland Castle.

Visit our Special Offers page to plan your golf break at Park Head Hotel, in partnership with Bishop Auckland Golf Club.

Swing and Stay Golf Breaks

Conveniently a 3 minute drive from Park Head, BAGC offers a fantastic 18 hole golf course set in stunning parkland.



Challenging enough to challenge an experienced golfer, but accessible enough to welcome newcomers and novices, the course is adaptable and exciting for golfers of all abilities and experience.

Our Swing and Stay Packages are available for arrivals Monday-Saturday and include:

We will take the stress and hassle away from your break, booking your overnight stay, dinner reservations and tee times. To make a booking or find out more, please call Park Head on 01388 661727 or email [email protected]

If you already have an accommodation booking with us and want to add a round of golf to it, please contact us on the details above where we can reserve a tee time on your behalf. 

To find out more about BAGC please visit


Brancepeth Castle Golf Club



Park Head are also thrilled to have a special relationship with nearby BCGC and are pleased to offer a preferential rate for a round of golf at their beautifully maintained 18 hole golf course.  If you want to add a round to any booking at Park Head, please contact us directly to find out more or book a tee time.



Why not give yourself another chance to win? Play BAGC one day of your stay, and BCGC the next – the overall winner is the champion of your visit to Bishop Auckland! 



Please note that whilst Park Head will book your BCGC tee time to ensure you receive our preferential rate, payment will be made directly to BCGC on arrival at the club. 



Please Note: all golf breaks and tee times at BAGC and BCGC are subject to availability based on existing members bookings and other events such as open competitions taking place within the clubs. Whilst all requests for tee times will be accommodated wherever possible, this cannot be guaranteed.


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