Described in 1880 as 'a palace of the modern magician', Cragside House, Gardens and Woodland is a truly unique visitor attraction in the heart of Northumberland. Situated near Rothbury, it was the family home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and industrialist. Cragside was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and a walk around the National Trust property reveals a wealth of ingenious gadgetry including fire alarm buttons, telephones, a passenger lift and a Turkish bath suite.
As if that wasn't enough, the grounds of the Cragside Estate offer up a host of activities that will keep you and your family busy and fit. There's a play area, a rhododendron maze, a waterfall and the Trim Trail, where the whole family can test their agility. The estate has more than 30 miles of footpaths and lakeside walks. If it is raining, head inside to the Power House which has interactive models which children can use to generate their own electricity. There is also a children's trail in the house. Cragside is home to one of Europe's largest rock gardens sloping down the valley to the Debdon Burn. The Iron Bridge, one of the oldest of its type in the UK, crosses the burn.
Armstrong was a landscape genius and constructed five lakes and planted over seven million trees and shrubs. The estate can be explored either on foot or by car and look out for the increasingly rare red squirrel that has made the gardens of Cragside its home. The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius, was a wonder of its age. Built on a rocky crag high above Debdon Burn, the house was the first in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Cragside is a garden of breathtaking drama, whatever the season. Armstrong constructed 5 lakes, one of Europe's largest rock gardens, and planted over 7 million trees and shrubs.
Today this magnificent estate can be explored on foot or by car and provides one of the last shelters for the endangered red squirrel. Children will love the tall trees, tumbling streams, adventure play area and labyrinth. Visit the National Trust webiste for up to date opening times and admission prices as well as infomration on events and activities.
|Cragside House, Gardens and Estate is a venue for ...|
|Cragside Christmas Cracker 10m Fun Run, Rothbury(Sporting Event)|
|Victorian Baking, Rothbury(Food Event)|
|Garden walks, Morpeth(Guided Walk/Tours)|
|Conservation in action, Morpeth(Guided Walk/Tours)|
|Type||Entry for||Guide price|
(House, gardens and woodland)
(House, gardens and woodland)
(House, gardens and woodland)
|Saturday||13/02/2016||Sunday||30/10/2016||10:00 - 18:00|
|Friday||04/11/2016||Sunday||18/12/2016||11:00 - 16:00|
Car parking available
Dogs / pets allowed
Allow a whole day!
owsphil, Kidderminster, United Kingdom
The sheer size of Cragside suggests that you could be there sometime. However the miles of trails and superb views as well as adventure playground cater for all ages and interests. We unfortunately only called in as we were passing but still spent perhaps 3 hours here and would perhaps have been longer if it had not been for a torrential downpour.
Very disappointing visit
I visited Cragside because I'm interested in industrial history... the house and gardens (particularly the rock garden) are nice but there are hundreds of similar faux-Tudor/Gothic piles all over the country built by wealthy Victorian industrialists and merchants- the one thing that sets Cragside apart is the fact that it was used by Armstrong as a test-bed of various new technologies of the time, and in particular that it was the first hydroelectrically-powered residence in the world. I wandered about the house but couldn't find the electrical room, so I asked one of the staff, who flatly told me it was closed. I expressed surprise that this wasn't mentioned when I purchased the ticket, but she seemed unconcerned, as if it was only a minor consideration. She breezily pointed out that it might be open in a week or so, which isn't particularly convenient considering that I live 350 miles away. I feel bad giving it such a low rating since I'm sure it's a good day out for a family, but the NT should have at least told the box office staff at the estate entrance to mention the closure of such an important part of the attraction before taking the £17 entrance fee from each visitor.
Surprising full day
lolo1408, Wetherby, United Kingdom
A very interesting house with lovely furniture and collectables. Everytime you think you are at an end there is another room. The estate drive was brilliant with the autumn colours making the estate very beautiful. Would love to see it again in May when the rhodies are out. We did a short walk around the drained lake which was great. After four hours we still never saw the gardens fully. Great place
One of the best NT prpoerties we've visited
WestMidlandTraveller, Halesowen West Midlands
There are so many different aspects to Cragside; the formal gardens are beautiful; the landscaped grounds immediately surrounding the house were thoughtfully planned, and now preserved by the NT. There is so much to see in the house as well as various buildings around the estate. Then finally, there are the extensive parkland to explore.
Something for the whole family
The information available on Cragside House and Gardens does not fully describe the treat which is in store. This was the first home in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It was great to explore the innovative former home of Lord and Lady Armstrong, packed with ingenious gadgets and modern conveniences – some of them still working. Lord Armstrong was a landscape genius - Cragside is his imagination in physical form. We Visited the Formal Gardens, Pinetum and Rock Garden and you can see the results of his experiments with plants, trees and water on a gigantic scale to create the gardens at Cragside. The estate has over 1000 acres to explore there's plenty of walking to enjoy at Cragside.