Cheap Hotels in Bishop Auckland
A charming English manor house close to the A1 road, with a gym, swimming pool, sauna and spa. Wi-Fi is free in public areas and food is served all day. Built on foundations which date back to the 12th Century, the hotel is reputed to have been Henry VIII’s hunting lodge and home to the Eden family. It houses secret passages and even a friendly ghost or two! Set in its own landscaped grounds and equipped with multi-functional rooms and a spa, it is an ideal base for exploring County Durham's many attractions. These include Durham Cathedral and Castle, the Durham Dales, Bishop Auckland, and Barnard Castle.
Hotels in Bishop Auckland
The market town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham is named for its historical connection to regional bishops. It went through a phase of rapid growth during the Industrial Revolution.
Bishop Auckland hotels are typically clustered in the north of the town at the end of the main road. Take your pick of country house and manor hotels with a quiet, upmarket ambience. From here, it's a short walk to the river and many attractive green spaces.
The River Gaunless runs along the east side of town, as a branch off of the River Wear. ‘Gaunless' comes from the Viking word for ‘useless', as the settlers couldn't find a use for the river. Today, it's a scenic walking route.
The Gaunless Bridge crosses the river at nearby West Auckland. When it was built in the 19th century, it was one of the first railway bridges to be made from iron.
Auckland Castle has been the official palace for the Prince Bishops of Durham for close to a century. Set in stately grounds, it also houses artworks by Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbarán.
The Bishop Auckland Golf Club welcomes all golfers – even if you're not a club member, you can tee off here. It's next to High Park, a secluded wood with lots of trees and greenery.
Families can enjoy an action-packed day at Harry's Farm. The kids can make friends with the animals, and tour guides are on hand to help. Adults can find more to interest them in the adjoining tea room and garden centre.
Places to eat in Bishop Auckland
If you're staying at a self-catering hotel, you're well served by branches of the top supermarkets.
Eateries in town include the self-explanatory Clems Fish Restaurant and Gabrielles Italian Restaurant. Subway and Greggs are more recognisable names for light meals and snacks.
The Stanley Jefferson pub is one of the main attractions for comedy fans. It's named after a famous resident of Bishop Auckland – better known as Stan Laurel. A bronze statue of Laurel stands in the town centre.
Seeing more of Durham and Yorkshire
At the south side of town, Bishop Auckland rail station connects you to places such as Darlington and Middlesbrough. It's the terminus of the line, so you don't have to worry about missing the stop on the way back.
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