Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

Cragside
Rothbury
Northumberland
NE65 7PX

+44 01669 620333

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Overview

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
Single
(House, gardens and woodland)
1
£18.80
day ticket
Child
(House, gardens and woodland)
1
£9.40
day ticket
Family
(House, gardens and woodland)
4
£47.00
day ticket

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

From To
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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tripadvisor
08/02/2017

Wonderful House with a Fascinating History


JohnVivH, Barnsley, United Kingdom
Spent a lovely day visiting Cragside in October. There is so much to see a day isn't really long enough. The history behind the house is remarkable. A must see while visiting Northumberland
tripadvisor
29/01/2017

Good day out!


Richard H,
So many early inventions in use here - Hydroelectric power for one. It's a fascinating old house with so many technical innovations for the machanically/ electrically minded. Worth a visit for the house alone but the grounds are stunning too and well worth spending time on.
tripadvisor
17/01/2017

Mad not to go.


michael c, Durham, United Kingdom
This is one of the gems in the north east. Very interesting indeed and not to be missed if visiting. The house is great and set in beautiful surroundings. Whatever you think of the Armstrong family, be it war mongers or innovators, the place is certainly fascinating. The entrance fee is quite high but if you look at it as a full days entertainment then it isn't. Ideal if you are a member of national trust, then its free. The food in the cafes is ok and not over priced. Don't forget, at the end of your trip, to drive through the house area to follow the estate road around the estate perimeter.
tripadvisor
12/01/2017

A Palace of a modern magician


weekenderinthesun, England
Once the home of Lord Armstrong, the inventor of hydroelectricity, Cragside was the first house in the world with hydroelectric power. . You can find out all about this in the displays on site. The house is fascinating, with gadgets way ahead of their time for the benefit of the owner- and his staff. Decent NT café in the stables, and lovely long walks around the grounds- don't miss the rock garden and the river walks
tripadvisor
10/01/2017

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.

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