Northumberland's gardens and stately homes hint at its colourful and innovative past
If you want to pay tribute to a father of innovation, visit Cragside House, Estate and Gardens, near Rothbury. This was the home of Lord Armstrong and was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro electric power. Armstrong transformed Cragside's landscape into a rocky wonderland interspersed by trees through which run miles of footpaths and cycleways.
Visit Wallington House, garden and estate, near Cambo, and experience rolling parkland, a wooded dene, an ornamental lake and inside a large collection of dolls houses and classical paintings. There's also a new exhibition space that will showcase some of Wallington's reserve collections.