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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A lovely snowy & sunny day....

olibot, Durham, United Kingdom
We spent a lovely few hours exploring the grounds in March. We were very lucky with the weather and the dog had fun too. We called in the coffee house next to the shop for lunch and enjoyed some lovely pearl barley & ham broth. The unexpected highlight however was the infectious laughter from a chap behind the counter, and a lady in the kitchen - it really made us laugh.

National Trust Treasure

No trip to the area is complete without spending time at this historic site. Great choice of walks in the beautiful grounds but these are not suited for those who cannot cope with steep slopes and high steps. The house is a marvellous snap shot back in time which pays homage to a real visionary; educational and inspirational all in one place.

Brilliant man

Bridget S, Southampton, United Kingdom
Grim Saturday afternoon for wet afternoon visit to the house of Lord Armstrong. Not busy but upper drive and walk closed due to remains of snow and ice.

Cragside House and Gardens

This beautiful Victorian house and gardens has lots to offer. On arrival we were treated with a very warm welcome and detailed lnformation from their experienced guides. From polished furniture and artwork to immaculate silver and drapes. The gardens well maintained and endless varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. Lovely views of the house looking up from gardens at most locations. For refreshments there’s a competitively priced tea rooms in the old stable block overlooking the lake. Also a gift shop if you like pressies or momento’s. well worth a visit. Sorry, Connot find photos at at the moment but if I do I’ll post them later

Fantastic Day Out

muriel504038, Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
Great place to visit, something for everyone. Lovely restaurant.Views spectacular. will be back this year.

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