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

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(House, gardens and woodland)
day ticket
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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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Brilliant experience for all ages

MJ-Harrogate, Harrogate
A wonderful day out, educational history/engineering, lovely gardens, lakes and walks. Nice cafe and very friendly informative NT staff. Been a few times and never dis appointed.

National Trust At Its Best

Laura C,
We came here as newly members a few years ago with our young family. When we were pulling up we were never expecting it to be as beautiful and peaceful as it is. Stunning views. Great things to do with all ages. Parks, mazes, Armstrong house and the lkakes are to die for. We now visit a few times a year . Has to be the best NT I have ever been to.

Best national trust visit yet!

Toni R, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
we came here as where members of the national trust and hadnt been to cragside yet!! what an amazing day, the walking routes are well maitained, well signed too, the house is beautiful, you can pay when you arrive to go into house, or just pay at the house entrance, if your a national trust member its free, there had activities for children opposite the yard , where there did colouring , making, painting, construction , the children didnt want to leave, the gardens are in another league quiet amazing, the greenhouses blew me away, well done national trust this property and land is quiet amazing, this is a must we've already been back once again,

Fascinating house and lovely gardens - but it doesn't tell the whole story

Mike S, Hobart, Australia
This house, the home built by Lord Armstrong, is amazing. It was the first house to have electricity supplied by its own hydro power. The rooms and furnishings are all as they were when Lord Armstrong lived here. The guides in the rooms told the story and a booklet filled in any other details. The gardens are wonderful – we saw them with the rhododendrons in full bloom. There are hydro-electricity plants in the estate showing different power generation types. Whilst the National Trust does a good job explaining about the house and grounds and looks after both very well a little honesty wouldn’t go amiss. The display panels in the Visitor Centre that describe his life and achievements completely omit the fact that Lord Armstrong was an arms manufacturer! Remember he got his knighthood for services to the manufacturing industry for the production and sale of arms – guns and battleships. He made sales to anyone wanting to buy them from anywhere around the world. For all that, Cragside is a good place to visit but not cheap so get there early to get your money’s worth. The two cafes were OK but fairly basic.

The Best National Trust Visit

Swisstrekkers, from North Yorkshire
This is without doubt one of the best NT properties that we have visited. Not only is the house itself of unique interest and filled with numerous artifacts and original fittings but the grounds are also both extensive and wonderful. The usual National trust information cards and knowledgeable volunteer add considerably to the experience. If the garden is not enough you can also walk extensively or use the car to complete a 6 mile drive through the grounds. It is worth at least a 3- 5 hours stay depending on your interests, be prepared to walk to make the most of it. Good tea rooms complete the picture.

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