Principal country residence of the Bishops of Durham since Norman times, and now the official residence of the present day Bishop. The chapel, reputedly the largest private chapel in Europe, and the state rooms, including the Bishop’s Throne Room, are open to the public. There is also access to the adjacent Bishops park with its 18th century “Gothic” deer shelter.

Location: 5 miles south-west of Spennymoor, off the A688