We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mining Art Gallery

Closes in 5 min: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Review Highlights
Great local asset.

We had planned a visit to the new tower and discovered admission to the gallery was included. What... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amersham, United Kingdom
via mobile

Visited with friends shortly after the opening. Museum is well laid out to display the pictures of... read more

Reviewed December 14, 2018
Read all 61 reviews
All photos (7)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent91%
  • Very good9%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“above ground”(4 reviews)
“market place”(6 reviews)
“miners gala”(3 reviews)
The Mining Art Gallery will provide a permanent home for more than 400 works from prominent local artists connected with the regions mining communities, including Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish. The gallery will be located in the former Old Bank...more
Closes in 5 min
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP, England
+44 1388 743750
Improve This Listing
Reviews (61)
Filter reviews
61 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews above ground market place miners gala social life pitmen painters knowledgeable and friendly staff well worth a visit auckland tower moving experience on display their lives next year member of staff cornish communities bishop coal
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 61 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had planned a visit to the new tower and discovered admission to the gallery was included. What a great little gallery! A good range of works evocatively displaying the works of local miners. Some truly atmospheric paintings well displayed and with some helpful guides...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FormerFlyer19560415
Reviewed December 14, 2018

Visited with friends shortly after the opening. Museum is well laid out to display the pictures of local artists and a couple of pictures were just like scenes from our childhood. We are getting old! Recommended.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rogerdD7511JS
Reviewed December 2, 2018

Our visit to the gallery brightened up a miserably stormy day. We really enjoyed the pictures, especially Christ as a miner ,the glimpse into mining life and the development of settlements to encourage their creativity. We were touched by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Maggie C
Reviewed November 24, 2018

Despite the good reviews I wondered whether it would be worth visiting the rather depressing town of Bishop Auckland on a grey day to visit a relatively small museum. Well, it was, and some! The works including 'big names' of the Pitmen Painters (Norman Cornish,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tim M
Reviewed November 21, 2018

Well worth a visit in terms of the art, the history, the friendliness of staff and the location in much improved bishop Auckland. Nice vintage tea room across the road too! Our ticket included the new Auckland tower, with more history and good views. What...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lizzie W
Reviewed November 19, 2018

Very pleasant and informative experience, there was an interesting 15 minute talk followed by several rooms of mining art and artefacts, the voluntary staff were very knowledgeable and told of further first hand experiences concerning their own family histories. The paintings depicted the vivid scenes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gill B
Reviewed October 24, 2018

We had the fortune to see a wonderful selection of paintings created by former miners from the local pits. There are stewards available to discuss the art, their background and answer any questions. The gallery is sympathetic, has excellent lighting and is airy and spacious....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Martyn C
Reviewed October 20, 2018

Stopped here on way home following a weekend in Durham. Well worth a visit. Exhibition very moving. Guides excellent. Some of the exhibits are voiced by miners themselves.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank margk86
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

I first visited the gallery last year within days of it's opening. Some paintings have been added. Listen to the audio by a Bevan boy. It's a very atmospheric setting and as you walk around you feel some of what the miners had to cope...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MrsPepperpot_12
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

I visited the gallery with my partner and young child earlier this week after looking for things to do in the last few days of the summer holidays. We arrived at the gallery to be welcomed by lovely members of staff and volunteers. The gallery...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank aridsridley
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 2 nearby hotels
Park Head Country Hotel and Restaurant
521 reviews
1.04 miles away
Premier Inn Bishop Auckland Hotel
526 reviews
1.98 miles away
The Manor House Hotel
1,254 reviews
3.09 miles away
Best Western Whitworth Hall Hotel
871 reviews
3.25 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 113 nearby restaurants
Fifteas Vintage Tearoom
171 reviews
.03 miles away
Spice Lounge
300 reviews
.14 miles away
Auckland Castle Library Tea Room
56 reviews
.06 miles away
Castlegate Cafe
48 reviews
.03 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 31 nearby attractions
Auckland Castle
321 reviews
.11 miles away
Binchester Roman Fort
87 reviews
.76 miles away
Auckland Tower
5 reviews
.12 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
November 8, 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from TAPCommunications | Property representative |
Hi there, the nearest railway station is Bishop Auckland train station. Kind regards.
Brian S
June 10, 2018|
Response from WhitleyBayLesley |
Are there parking facilities please.