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Bishop Auckland is not only famous for Auckland castle, but also for a sheer number of shopping opportunities in little boutiques and specialist shops in its city centre. With over 200 shops which cannot be found in high streets, Fore Bondgate is a shopping heaven.
Despite its compactness, Durham offers a wide range of shopping options amongst the intimate lanes and atmospheric narrow streets, much of which is closed to traffic making for a pleasant and relaxed experience. Its Victorian Market, monthly Farmer’s Market add additional colour and life on selected days throughout the week while The Prince Bishop’s Centre and Gates’ Centre offer all the high street and designer brands one could wish for. Unique to the city is the Fowler’s Yards, where artists and craftspeople create and sell their specialities such as glass, metal and textile work. There is even a micro brewery.