Is Bishop Auckland A Nice Place To Live?

Thinking about moving to Bishop Auckland in County Durham? We can help. The bustling market town of Bishop Auckland is a great place to live, and we are going to tell you why!

In this blog, we’ll dive into why Bishop Auckland is a great place to call home, share the top things to do and outline how you can find an affordable home.

Living In Bishop Auckland

The historic town of Bishop Auckland sits high above a meander in the River Wear, offering spectacular views and access to beautiful countryside.

It is home to the stunning Auckland Castle, and also offers supermarkets, a library, theatre and an art gallery, as well as numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes. It also boasts more than 200 shops. Bondgate is particularly great, with boutiques and specialist shops that you won’t find on the high street.

Bishop Auckland has undergone several improvements over the years and is set for additional major developments in the coming years.

These improvements have come about thanks to the hard work and dedication of The Auckland Project; an organisation “dedicated to the regeneration, conservation, and celebration of the stories and heritage” of Bishop Auckland.

Future projects carried out by The Auckland Project include the transformation of the town centre and the addition of attractions in and around the grounds of the majestic Auckland Castle. A new art gallery is one of several art and culture attractions enlivening the town.

Bishop Auckland is also an excellent place to raise a family, boasting a wide selection of primary schools and secondary schools. There is also SEN schools and higher education options. Many of the schools have been deemed Outstanding by education regulator Ofsted.

The location of Bishop Auckland offers excellent commuting opportunities. It is less than 30 minutes to Durham and Middlesbrough and less than 50 minutes to Sunderland.

Top Things To Do In Bishop Auckland

If you love history, art, culture and the great outdoors, Bishop Auckland is the place for you. Some of the best attractions in the town are the ones that showcase the fascinating history and culture of this impressive town.

  1. Auckland Castle

Visiting Auckland Castle is a great day out for people of all ages. Step back in time during a visit to one of the best-preserved Bishops’ palaces in Europe. You can walk through the State Rooms restored to their original Georgian Gothic splendour, enjoy a stroll through the stunning gardens or take an archaeology tour within the grounds.

  1. North Pennines Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The North Pennines is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and a UNESCO Global Geopark. The breath-taking landscape features heather moors, winding dales, tumbling upland rivers, woodland and a variety of wildlife. You can enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding, canoeing, skiing, fishing, sailing, orienteering and more within the beautiful North Pennines.

  1. Auckland Tower

Located between Auckland Castle and the Bishop Auckland town centre within the grounds of The Auckland Project, Auckland Tower is not to be missed. Head to the top of the tower and experience a bird’s-eye view of the town and the natural beauty of County Durham.

  1. Mining Art Gallery

This intimate gallery is loved by local residents and tourists alike. It offers a unique insight into the lives of the coal miners by showcasing the works of prominent local artists.

  1. Locomotion Shildon

So it’s not exactly in Bishop Auckland.. but it is only a 12-minute drive away. Locomotion is a family favourite with exciting learning opportunities, steam spectaculars and eco-activities. You can get up close to several legendary locomotives and view artworks exploring North East innovations.

Affordable Homes In Bishop Auckland

As you can see, Bishop Auckland has plenty going for it. It’s ideally located, there’s a great selection of excellent schools and there’s plenty to do. But one of the best things about this charming town is its affordability. As with most of County Durham, housing prices tend to be affordable in Bishop Auckland.

Here at Accent Housing, we have a range of affordable properties available to rent in Bishop Auckland, including family homes, flats and sheltered accommodation. We are a housing association providing quality and affordable homes across England.

You can view our available properties by heading to our dedicated page on our website or by creating an account on Let’s Move, our application system. With a Let’s Move account, you can browse homes, set up property alerts and even apply for suitable homes. Find out more about registering for Let's Move here.

Get In Touch

Finding an affordable home in Bishop Auckland couldn’t be easier with Accent Housing. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 0345 678 0555 or send us an email at Alternatively, fill out our contact form.

Accent Housing has been providing affordable, safe and quality homes to residents across the North, East and South of England since 1966. We also help residents get onto the property ladder through shared ownership.

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