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)
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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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Visited here October 2017. Wow, this place is amazing. It's so stunning. It's easy to forget you're walking around a place in England. The house is utterly spellbinding. Some paths are steep and uneven but there you can drive to the top of the hill if needed. Dogs are welcome on leads. There are refreshments too. All in all an unmissable place to visit.

A truly five star attraction

DavidBicester, Oxford, United Kingdom
We read a review by someone that said you could spend all day here - they were not wrong. The house and grounds are huge. It offers something for everyone: house, gardens, walks, landscapes, lakes, and historical technology. Cragside is good for all weathers - as there are indoors and outdoors attractions.

Day full of adventure.

Being new members to the national trust the place to go is cragside. We went with a group of friends with children of various ages. We decide to start with a walk around the gardens which for being late in the year were still looking good. A dyer a couple of hours a few of the little legs( children) were tired so headed to the car instead of walking. We proceeded with dumb optimism along the yellow route, they was 4 of us with babies strapped to the front. The forested areas were beautiful but a tiresome walk. We must have been walking for approx 1 1/2-2hrs before we come across the play park where we met up with the rest of the group. There is so much to explore as we barely scratched the surface . We never made it into the house this just gives us an excuse to return on another weekend

Surprising House in extensive grounds

Julia B, Sydney, Australia
Visited on a Saturday afternoon in October with friends. What a gorgeous house this is, restored and maintained by the National Trust. It is amply furnished with items from the Victorian era and had plenty to see of interest for us adults. All floors were impressive, but by starting at the bottom and working upwards, we found that we were continually surprised at the grandeur and beauty. There are many stairs to limit accessibility. We enjoyed lunch in the cafe and then spent about 2 hours viewing the house, allowing for a short stop in each room. The gardens were also nice to walk through. It was not cheap at £17 per adult but one can only wonder at how much this large house and extensive grounds costs to maintain. To get the best value, make it a full day out.

Amazing place

judithflack44, Oswestry, United Kingdom
My husband & I along with our two friends visited Cragside recently when we were staying in the area for a long weekend. It is probably one of the best National Trust properties that I have visited. The weather was lovely so we took advantage of the amazing gardens & woodland walks & then had a look around the house. The staff were really knowledgeable & helpful & I will never forget walking into the Drawing Room & seeing the most amazing enormous marble fireplace I have ever seen. The house is really interesting with lots to see. We then had a drink in the lovely cafe before setting off on a 6 mile drive to see the rest of the grounds. We were there for well over 6 hours & the only time we stopped was for a drink! Well worth a visit.

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