Auckland Castle

Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom


  • Bishop Auckland
  • England
  • DL14 7NR
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

The Castle and Library Tea Room will be open from 10:00am until last admission at 4:00pm every day except Tuesdays. - See more at:

Travel Information

Bus: Darlington to Bishop Auckland. Durham to Bishop Auckland. Newcastle to Bishop Auckland. Weardale to Bishop Auckland. - See more at:
Train: Darlington to Bishop Auckland-Approximately 26m. Durham to Bishop Auckland-Approximately 58m. Newcastle to Bishop Auckland- Approximately 1:14m. York to Bishop Auckland-Approximately 1:12m. London to Bishop Auckland- Approximately 3:19m. - See more at:


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Birth of the Blues is the first public exhibition devoted to the remarkable story of the most successful amateur side in British football.

Founded in 1882 by Reverend George Eden, the Bishop Auckland Football Club was formed from theological students training for the priesthood under Joseph Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham.

‘The Bishops’ went on to make footballing history, playing in every year of the Amateur Cup competition, winning it ten times and touring throughout the world.

The largest exhibition ever to be devoted to amateur football, ‘Birth of the Blues’ has been developed in collaboration with the Durham Amateur Football Trust and the National Football Museum, Manchester.

Exhibiting Artists