9 Apr

Shopping, history and beautiful countryside in Bishop Auckland

Shopping, history and beautiful countryside in Bishop Auckland

A market town in County Durham, Bishop Auckland is situated at the confluence of the River Wear and River Gaunless - and it's less than 15 miles from both Darlington and Durham.

The town's history goes far back and there was an Iron Age settlement in the region. However, it grew significantly during the Industrial Revolution due to the prevalence of local coal mining.

These days, nearly one-quarter of the town's population is employed in the manufacturing industry.

Bishop Auckland has more than 200 shops, many of which are located on the busy high street. But there's also Fore Bondgate, an area where you can find boutiques and specialist shops, not to mention plenty of cosy cafes and restaurants. Locals often enjoy travelling to the MetroCentre in Gateshead for an even wider selection of shops.

If you're thinking about buying property for sale in Bishop Auckland, the town offers excellent transportation links. The rail station offers regular services to Stanhope, while the Durham Tees Valley airport is less than 20 miles away.

There are three secondary schools in Bishop Auckland, as well as a college, which offers a range of courses. The town also has its own NHS hospital, Bishop Auckland General Hospital, and the town hall includes a library, cinema, theatre and Arts Complex.

Bishop Auckland is also home to a well-known amateur football team, Bishop Auckland AFC.

The historic town features a number of landmarks, including Auckland Castle. It was the country residence of the Prince Bishops for centuries and today it's the official home of the Bishop of Durham. The castle is surrounded by the 800-acre Bishop's Deer Park, which is an excellent location for a picnic or a relaxing walk.

Other landmarks include Escomb Saxon Church and the picturesque Newton Cap Viaduct, a Grade II listed Victorian railway viaduct that crosses the River Wear.  The remains of Binchester Roman Fort are just a mile outside of town and are home to the best-preserved Roman military bath house in Britain.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801782987-ADNFCR

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