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
£19.80
day ticket
Child
(House, gardens and woodland)
1
£9.90
day ticket
Family
(House, gardens and woodland)
4
£49.50
day ticket
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tripadvisor
19/09/2018

Stunning....


Bauchope,
This was our 2nd visit here, and because it was autumn rather than the beginning of summer, it was a totally different experience - but just as magical. The grounds are an absolute joy...so much to see. If you can walk or drive round the 6 mile 'carriage trail', then do. The trees and plants (and rock formations) are wonderful. We didn't have time to see the house, but it's a great reason to return soon. And then return again in springtime when the rhododendrons are in bloom...
tripadvisor
19/09/2018

Jewel in the National Trust Crown


187047PeterR, Gloucester, United Kingdom
This was our fourth visit to Cragside in the last three years and it will certainly not be our last. Amazing house with an equally amazing history, fabulous gardens and the six mile drive is an gem. When we first visited in 2016 we managed to catch the gardens in 'full bloom' a vision that will stay with me forever.
tripadvisor
18/09/2018

So much to see


LoriM72, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Unfortunately the day we went was very wet and therefore we didn’t get a chance to explore the grounds but we did get to go through the house and it was great. Really interesting place and fascinating to think how modern the house would have been in its day. Definitely a lot to do in a day and will need to go back hopefully on a better day to get to enjoy some of the grounds.
tripadvisor
18/09/2018

Excellent


Qtulip, Cheltenham
Very good place for anyone to visit - interesting and well organised, with helpful staff and a variety of media used.
tripadvisor
17/09/2018

Amazing place


mandy g, Preston, United Kingdom
The whole place was beautiful. Definitely a full day needed so you don't miss anything. The house was well laid out and the boards and staff were very informative. The grounds were beautiful and interesting. Well signposted. Lots of different walks to do all with different features. A fabulous day out.

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