Auckland Castle (also known as Auckland Palace or locally as the Bishops Castle or Bishops Palace) is a castle in the town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham, England. The castle has been the official residence of the Bishop of Durham since 1832. However, it has been owned by the diocese for more than 800 years, being established as a hunting lodge for the Prince Bishops of Durham. It is more like a Gothic country house than a true castle with a military function. The Castles Scotland Wing presently serves as the administrative offices of the Durham Diocesan Board of Finance.