The Grade II listed Backhouse Bank building and neighbouring Barrington School building in the centre of Bishop Auckland have been transformed into the new Gallery by architectural practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
Travel by public transport
If travelling by bus you should alight at Bishop Auckland Market Place
The following bus services, service both stops:
Arriva route 6 runs between Durham Barnard Castle via Cockfield, stopping approximately every 30 mins.
Arriva route 18 runs between Durham Barnard Castle via Cockfield, stopping approximately every 30 mins.
Arriva route 56/56A runs between Durham and Bishop Auckland, stopping approximately every 30 mins.
Please check bus routes direct with transport providers. There are additional services that service Bishop Auckland bus station which is located near the Newgate Shopping Centre.
Travel by taxi
We have no affiliation with the suggested taxi services and the information provided is based on current available data at the time of writing this guide. Any suggestions for alternative please inform the accessibility point of contact.
Blue badge parking bays are available in the market place directly opposite Spanish Gallery. This is also the drop off area.
Additional parking including blue badge spaces is available on North Bondgate which is approximately 0.2 miles / 322 meters
Path to main entrance
There are two entrances into Spanish gallery one via the ramp and the other via a step. Both lead into a foyer area with two additional automatic sliding doors (side by side).
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Lift to all floors
Ticket/ information desk
Lord Burns Reading Room
Access to the Lord Burns reading room is at the rear on the ground floor.
Automatic opening doors which open inwards towards the gallery.
Gallery 02 is located on Floor 2. There are 32 steps between the ground floor and floor 2. The gallery is accessible via the lift. Gallery access doors are automatic opening inwards towards the gallery.
Gallery 03 is located on Floor 3. There are 14 steps between floor 2 and floor 3. The gallery is accessible via the lift. Gallery access doors are automatic opening inwards towards the gallery.
Gallery 04 is located on Floor 4. There are 12 steps between floor 3 and floor 2. The gallery is accessible via the lift. Gallery access doors are automatic opening inwards towards the gallery. There are small narrow access points within this gallery.
Spanish Gallery Shop
The shop is located on the ground floor at the main entrance. This is also the same area for the reception / information desk.
Place to eat and drink
Spanish Gallery Tapas Bar
**Note the Spanish Gallery Tapas Bar is currently closed whilst the finishing touches are made ready for opening in 2022**
Further details will be available in the separate accessibility guide for the Spanish Gallery Tapas Bar.
Located on the ground floor located between the shop and the stairs is an area with lockers and buggy storage (lockable).
Getting around outside
Customer care support
Emergency evacuation procedures
Evac chairs are located in exit stairways and trained fire wardens are on site to assist members of the public during an evacuation.
Customer care support