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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More than one visit needed

jpcaley, Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Interesting House were Hydro Electricity was first used . Rather crowded as We were there during Half Term and would pick better time when going again . We went twice and walked around part of the Gardens on one visit .

Autumn Treat

170Hampton, Danville, California
Called in for a brief visit enroute to Durham. Dashed into the cafe for a very nice coffee served by very friendly staff. Then a quick tour of the house which was partially open, again very friendly and informative guides. The highlight was the autumnal colors of the beautiful grounds, the hydroelectric exhibits and the carriage drive. One of the best NT properties I have visited.

Fascinating place

Fascinating house set in large estate with a carriage drive of several miles you can take a car around. One of the first properties to be powered by hydroelectricity, there is an exhibition room displaying some properties of electricity. Luckily we went before the feminism exhibition started, or we would have been disappointed. NT are trying too hard to be PC. Last year it was all about LGBQTs, which caused ructions amongst some of its volunteers, who rightly say that NT has always been open and welcoming to all.

Ridiculous exhibition - great house

car0llake, County Londonderry, United Kingdom
We heard from another visitor at coffee that the NT had been given a government grant to promote women (?) Well they did this by covering most references men (busts, paintings). How ridiculous. Maybe they should have moved all the references to women to one room, and let visitors decide whether or not to view. Or, and here’s a great idea, leave the house and its exhibits alone. Rothbury is a wonderful town and i wished I’d spent more time and money there, rather than in an over priced house with self indulgent ‘artists’ telling me what I should and shouldn’t be Looking at. Shame on the National Trust and the government for wasting our precious money.

Wonderful place

PeterinWales, Wrexham, United Kingdom
A fascinating house with wonderful grounds. One of the best National Trust properties with a unique view on technological innovation to the Victorian house.

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