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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Chris P, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Took a drive out to see the Cragside house and gardens. The house was well worth the visit as was the walk to the formal garden and drive around the estate. The house had the fisrt electric lights powered by hyrdo generated power and how that was manged was very enlightening and well worth the visit

Easter weekend treat

maureenlogan, england
From entering gates to leaving staff very well organised, it was very busy due to Easter treats for children. Grounds are superb and well laid out with lots of trails of varying lengths including a maze. Cafes and shop available and toilets dotted around the varying car parks. The formal gardens are stunning with fabulous views of the house. Cragside House is beautiful and extremely interesting with lots of tour guides to answer any questions. All in all a fantastic day out.

Beautiful gardens, interesting house

Hootie1963, Manchester, United Kingdom
Loved the gardens could have spent hours walking around those alone. House itself is very interesting & the information in all the rooms is well presented. Only downsides, I thought £17 for each adult was a bit steep & borderline whether it's worth this amount. Second point is the price & quality of the coffee in the cafe near the house needs looking at. 2 coffees & 1 biscuit nearly £6! The coffee was not hot enough & tasted burnt. In saying that well worth a visit

A lovely place but pricey

susannah122, Jaen, Spain
I arrived with family and was told they couldn't take card payment . I would have had to have nearly £80 in cash ! I had to turn round and drive to the nearest town to get money .... in 2017 ?! Once inside I loved the old house and there are beautiful grounds to explore . If you don't mind paying the entrance fee and if you take cash - it's well worth a visit !


Cnut_the_Great, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Stunning house and gardens set in a beautiful landscape in Northumberland. The interior of the house is the real star of the show and offers a wealth of fascinating interiors. Staff are well versed and happy to help with all questions. Make sure to check out the grand marble fire place! A must-see

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