In the 19th and 20th centuries it was a largely mining town.
The Town Hall, in the Market Place, now houses a museum, art gallery and Tourist Information Centre.
Auckland Castle was built by Bishop Puiset of Durham in the 12th centre, and was the principal residence of the Prince Bishops.
St. Andrew`s Church has an Anglo-Saxon cross relic from around 800 and a holy water stoup made from a Roman altar.
In the 1950s, Bishop Auckland had the finest amateur football team in England.