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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Went here not knowing what to expect . What an absolute fantastic place. Lord Armstrong must have been one of our greatest inventors, but to my shame and ignorance never knew anything about this gentleman, not even through school. Criminal . The house is well worth a visit, way ahead of its time ..

Great day out

BOLAMS, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
My family and i went here for the day we loved it we spent the whole day there we took a picnic and stopped for acoffee at the park and walked for miles. The house is amazing and agreat read around the house. My daughter got a activity pack from the lady in the house so she could find things around the house that kept her going. The gardens were great we cant wait to go back in the summer to see how it all looks then.

Beautiful house & average gardens at a high price

empathology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
This lovely house has been beautifully preserved and unlike other houses, most of the rooms are open for view and left with original fittings. Lots to see and not stuffy with friendly knowledgeable staff. The gardens and grounds are nice but not fabulous, though to be fair, my visit was February. But at £19, it seemed quite steep. If you're a large family making a special trip here (as it is a little out of the way - you need a car), the price is not an incentive. As a late 19C / early 20C country house, it is a very nice place, though make the most of that admission price and spend the day here.

Northumberland visit

michael_poole75, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
While visiting Newcastle upon Tyne we decided to go 20 odd miles or so further north to visit Cragside House and gardens. The house was just breathtaking and well worth the journey, there were knowledgeable helpers in most of the rooms there to answer any questions you may have, the gardens and walks are among the best in the National trust with the opportunity to drive around the estate on a 6 mile round trip. There was also a good restaurant/tea room and a shuttle bus if required. Plan to stay quite a few hours to see most on offer.

Love Cragside, will definitely be back

Can't rate this place highly enough. An amazing house packed with glorious artefacts and art, taxidermy and decorative flourishes, there's science and engineering too. I could have spent the full day in the house but my 1 year old was desperate to crawl up and downstairs and into all the nooks and crannies. We had a great time. And then there's gardens... wondrous place. There's a 6 mile surrounding drive through the glorious scenery, with lots os parking places giving access to the numerous walks around the house, gardens and grounds. Most of the walks can be gotten to from the house or gift shop area, and the walk around the lakes is particularly pleasing on a sunny day. Wish I lived closer

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