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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An electric experience

Q870KTrobinb, Hinckley, United Kingdom
When Lord Armstrong moved into Cragside, he brought the recent invention of electricity, not only to the House but also to the village of Rothbury. The National Trust havre presented this unique period of our history in their preservation of this fascinating house, set amongst the rolling craggy countryside. One needs to spend a day, investigating the interesting house, visited by European Royalty and the grounds , including the greenhouses and flower gardens.

Utterly astounding

reubenmilner, Concord, Australia
We were recommended by a family member to go to Cragside in Northumberland, the mansion and grounds of William George Armstrong near Rothbury. We were a bit put off by the 18 pounds per adult entry fee but by the end of the day believed we'd received a bargain. Armstrong was a lawyer who became a genius engineer in the areas of water power and electricity. Externally the mansion and grounds are jaw dropping, internally you just have your breath taken away. Armstrong excavated and installed a lake on the staggering grounds so he could conduct his water power experiments and install his inventions. Room by room it just gets better and better and the staff will enlighten you as to Armstrong's genius if you let them. I'll go back when I'm next in Northumberland. On the day it rained heavily so we saw little of the grounds. There is also a shuttle bus to help get you from one building to another. A truly amazing day.

Lovingly preserved and well worth a visit!

vbm6, London
William Armstrong, whose residence this was, is a hero of mine so I am reviewing this with some prejudice. The inventor of the Armstrong gun and ingenious hydraulics, the house is full of scientific marvels and a tribute to the man's creativity and genius. It is also a fun house to explore and well worth the entrance fee. The grounds too are worth exploring if you are into trees and plants as Armstrong was rumoured to have planted seven million trees in the garden. If it raining in Northumberland (and it frequently does), this is a good activity for the whole family. The guides in the house are friendly and knowledgeable and it is worth having a chat with them if you wish to know more about this very clever man and the contributions he made to science and engineering. I cannot recommend this attraction more highly.

Perfect setting

gelvisblue, Skipton, United Kingdom
An outstanding day out, full of history, adventure and wonderment. A well thought out place in a majestic setting. Stunning architecture and interiors. The grounds are amazing, with imposing trees and beautiful streams. Loved visiting the generator house.

A wonderful informative experience

MikenMissy, Grimsby, United Kingdom
This has to be one of the jewels of the area, providing a superb blend of a manor with the innovations of Lord Armstrong. His engineering feats are of particular interest as he was also responsible for the accumulator in Grimsby’s Dock Tower :). Built on a craggy outcrop, the spectacular house provides a stunning view over the extensive grounds and is full of gadgets designed to make life easier for all – it also reminded us of Lanhydrock House in Cornwall.

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