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Plan Your Visit

We look forward to welcoming you to AGLOW! Beat the crowds by booking in advance and planning ahead.

Ticket Prices

Standard Price£21.75£14.75£68
Off-Peak (Wed & Thurs only,  from 22 Nov- 8 Dec)£19.75£13.25£59.75
Early Bird Discount (Valid until 31 May)£19.75£13.25£59.75

* Family tickets include access for two adults and two children. Children 2 and under go free.

Opening Times

Friday 22 November – Sunday 31 December
(closed Christmas Day)

*Closed Mondays & Tuesdays until 16 December

Entry times*: 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm

*We recommend allowing 1.5 hours to complete the trail. AGLOW at Auckland Castle will close at 10pm, with last entry at 8pm.


Food & Drink

There are plenty of tasty treats to enjoy, with refreshments at the start and end of the trail. Indulge in delicious festive food and drink, with hot and cold options available.

We cater for all dietary requirements including vegan and gluten free.

Please note, we only accept card payment.

Where We Are

Auckland Castle is located in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, approximately 12 miles south of Durham, 13 miles north of Darlington, 25 miles west of Middlesbrough and 30 miles south of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


Car parking available at North Bondgate car park. If using a sat nav, the postcode is DL14 7PG.

Parking Charges apply Monday to Saturday, including Bank Holidays: 60p for up to two hours, £3.50 for stays over two hours.

Free parking will be available after 4.30pm on AGLOW event days.

There are electric car charging points in North Bondgate car park.

Getting Here

From the North

From the A1 motorway, take the A688 from Durham Services (J61) towards Bishop Auckland. After travelling past the Park Head Hotel, turn right at the roundabout on to Durham Road for 1.2 miles, before turning right on to Castle Chare. Drive through the Market Place and bear left on to North Bondgate. The car park is on your right.

From the South

From the A1 motorway, take the A68 (J58) to Bishop Auckland. At the roundabout, join the A6072 for approximately six miles, before turning right on to the A688. At the second roundabout, turn left onto the A689. Continue along the A689 through Bishop Auckland, then turn right on to High Bondgate, before continuing on to North Bondgate. The car park is on your left.

Our nearest station is Bishop Auckland, which is about a fifteen-minute walk from the Market Place.

Trains to Bishop Auckland depart every hour from Darlington, the nearest mainline station, and the train journey takes approximately 25 minutes.

Darlington station is on the East Coast Mainline, with excellent connections to major cities including Durham (20 minutes), York (30 minutes), Newcastle (30 minutes), Edinburgh (2.5 hours) and London (2.5 – 3 hours).

Visit the National Rail or Trainline website for more information and to plan your journey.

Bishop Auckland has regular bus connections around the region.

Go North East run The Castles Express from Newcastle to Bishop Auckland.

For local taxi services please click here.

Where to Stay

If you’re travelling from further afield, why not stay overnight at Park Head Hotel?

Ideally located on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, Park Head Hotel offers 38 stylish en-suite rooms from singles and doubles to family suites.

If you seek a more inviting atmosphere, indulge in the charm of our exclusive self-catering accommodations.

Whether you are looking for a cosy cottage or contemporary apartment, these self catering properties, nestled in the heart of Bishop Auckland, are tailored to craft your ideal retreat.