Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

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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.

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Ticketing and entry prices for Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

Type Entry for Guide price
(House, gardens and woodland)
day ticket
(House, gardens and woodland)
day ticket
(House, gardens and woodland)
day ticket

Dates & times for Cragside House, Gardens and Estate, Rothbury

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Saturday18/02/2017Sunday29/10/201710:00 - 18:00
Friday03/11/2017Sunday17/12/201711:00 - 16:00

The house, gardens and woodland are open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm from 13 February until 30 October (open 7 days a week during local school holidays and on bank holidays) The house is open 11am - 5pm with last admission one hour before closing. Last entry at the admission point is also 4pm. 

During the winter the house is closed however the gardens and woodland are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 November until 18 December, 11am-4pm. Last entry at the admission point is 3pm. 

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Surprising find

deedeelow, Boston, United Kingdom
Having driven the A1 for years we checked out our National trust app and found cragside . Beautiful location , stunning house which appealed to all of us . Bit of s walk from car park to house , but definitely worth a visit . The six mile estate drive is worth doing after tour of the house , and there are numerous picnic places on the estate to stop. Fascinating place !

An amazing place to visit - we just wished we had more time!

E M, Redcar, United Kingdom
My parents were keen to visit Cragside because they have National Trust membership and because it had been recommended to them by my sisters who have visited on another occasion. It was an amazing place to visit - loads of walks with different vistas, a fantastic property - highlights included an incredibly impressive gallery, library, apartments stayed in by royalty, an electricity room which showed and explained various scientific experiments and portraits which really helped one understand the background to the period. I enjoyed seeing how the lift had used to work as well as the layout of the different rooms. There were interpretation sheets to help understand the background to different rooms and to highlight the key features and the volunteers were also very well informed and keen to help. I could have easily spent twice as long in the building as we actually had time for (just over an hour). We also did the estate drive, which is 6 miles long and there were lots of places we would have liked to stop off and look at as well - we only stopped at the thatched boat house as we needed to get on to Carlisle which is where we were staying the night. I would definitely aim to spend a day at Cragside in the future, especially if it was good weather. I did have one small niggle which is that when paying on entry there were no credit card facilities which meant that I had to pay £17.50 in cash and considering that I was asked if I would like National Trust membership for over £60 (and would have considered this) I do expect to have the facility to pay by card for these sums of money!

Enjoyable return visit

Jim W, Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyable visit to Cragside whilst staying in the North East with family. Always a good day out. We found the formal gardens much improved from a couple of years ago. Our visit was a mixture of walks around the gardens and pineatum and a drive around the 6 mile estate drive, and enjoyed it all. There were organised activities for children. Lunch in the tea room was good too. Recommended.

Amazing place

Lou2642, Wellingborough, United Kingdom
We visited Cragside last week and wow it's spectacular We only did the grounds and gardens so I can't comment on the house The grounds are absolutely breathtaking My 4 year old loved the playground and the barefoot walk. He also loved the activity available above the stables We all loved exploring the grounds Do a loop of the estate drive so you can see where things are There are some amazing picnic spots here We had lunch in the tea rooms which was nice but I felt it was a little overpriced I would definitely recommend visiting here

Amazing place to visit, so much to do

Diane B,
We just love Cragside! From the moment we drove in we just loved it (we've visited twice now). The people at the entrance are always friendly and welcoming. The views across the lake are just stunning. We've been in the house which is interesting (there's a little 'find the cuddly toy' task for children to keep them entertained). However, we just love the walks e.g. To the iron bridge, through the rock garden, through the labyrinth, along the flume (we did the peach walk this time). The children never get bored and they enjoy a play at the park, and the bare foot walk, at the end of the day. We enjoyed coffee and cake in the tea rooms too. You can easily spend a whole day, or two, here but wear comfortable walking shoes as some of the walks can be a bit challenging and muddy if it has been raining. During our most recent visit we hired a canoe for half an hour so we explored the beautiful lake which was great fun and relaxing.

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