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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Very interesting house in a unique location

Martin L,
This fine property which has been sensitively restored is set in a valley surrounded by woodland which includes lovely gardens and great walking tracks. The history of the house and its use of hydro-electric power is amazing. Also allow plenty of time to walk the extensive woodland.

National Trust Gem

Had a fantastic afternoon with the Gran kids, brilliant park for them to play in, shame the main house was closed, understand it is open at weekends, love to see it in the summer when all the rhododendrons are in full flower i will be back. Lovely lakes also.

Hidden Gem

wms100, Sheffield, United Kingdom
We've visited Cragside on numerous occasions and still havent seen it all. A fantastic place to visit with miles and miles of woodland walks surrounded by some fantastic specimen trees. Beautiful lakes, gorges, rockery gardens and the fruit and veg gardens next to the clock tower, all bound with a fantastic history. A truly special place to visit.

Father Christmas Visit

Absolutely wonderful meeting with Father Christmas, my boys are 4 and 8 and had beaming smiles throughout. This didnt feel rushed in anyway Santa sat and chatted to the boys, even singing a couple of Christmas songs to them, before giving them a lovely gift which they wouldnt put down all day (no plastic rubbish). We all left feeling like we’d been showered in Christmas magic. We finished off the morning with lunch in the Tea rooms, delicious food and warm atmosphere. Fantastic Father Christmas experience in the most beautiful surroundings. Thank you Father Christmas for being so wonderful.

Our favourite country house

odedkuschy, Manchester, United Kingdom
What a beautiful place this is. So much history. You can drive round the estate and stop in certain places to go for walk or enjoy the views. The walks in the gardens are breathtaking. The house is build in arts and craft style. It's just amazing. When you are in the area you have to visit the place and come early so you can stay the whole day. It's national trust so the quality of the food is great too and a very welcoming atmosphere. Well recommended.

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