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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Must see house and gardens

pennarddog, Southgate, United Kingdom
The best NT property we have visited. Lots to see and very dog friendly. The history of Lord Armstrong and the house is captivating and the carriage drive a must do.

Can I give it 6 stars!

Maudlin24, Coventry, United Kingdom
I should open this review by saying I am generally happy to visit outside spaces, gardens arboretums etc. but generally find historic houses tedious. A cathartic experience happened here. So very interesting, full of amazing foresight on the part of William Armstrong, who, it seems had an interest in almost everything on the planet. His main preoccupation was electricity and it uses. He generated his own power via water, which was in abundance on the estate. Cragside was the first house in the UK to use electric light. His association with Swan a major factor in this. Apart from the house and its many wonders, the most interesting grounds laid out over hundreds of acres. You really need at least a couple of visits to take in this extraordinary man's vision and work. Although there is a shuttle bus, there are some challenging climbs. Although I have said entry price is expensive it is amazing value

Home of a wealthy Victorian Industralist

We came here on our way home and discovered we need to come back. Whistlestop tour of house and gardens. It waas a dull day and not being too mobile, the volunteer on the front gate recommended the drive round. We were often the only car seen for miles, truly a sense of peace. So many walks to cover the estate, not just close to the house but further afield. Great parking for disabled to help with walking, especially as i was having a bad day. House was huge! True Victorian industralist home, fantastic styling on a grand style, with William Morris pieces and lots of art work. Volunteers and staff were welcoming and helpful. The Armstrongs use of modern learning and inventions across the estate are interesting to see. Leave yourself a whole day to visit here, plan and use your map. Fab visit! Thank you xx

Trip through Northumberland

Was recommended by friends to visit this National Trust Property , fantastic gardens with numerous themes the 6 mile drive through the 1000 acres with stops at various car parks was superb . Definitely worth a visit we spent 5 hours there and didn't see everything

Great place for day

patrician784, Birmingham, United Kingdom
We spent the whole day here there is so much to see. The house is great with lots to see you go round the house by yourself there are volunteers in each room so you can ask questions and there are also cards with info about each room. The grounds are excellent with lots of different walks you can do we took the Armstrong walks which takes in all the key things to see with great views of the house and the iron bridge. There is a visitor centre and shop and somewhere to buy food. There is seating / picnic benches overlooking tumbleton lake. There is a 6 mile drive around the estate with places where you can park and go off walking.

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