Cragside house, northumberland, named a top uk hidden gem

The nation has decided that Cragside House, Northumberland is high on the wish-lists for many travellers, with the open-air theatre securing top spot in McCarthy & Stone’s ‘Hidden Gems’ survey.

A national McCarthy & Stone survey that had over 1,400 participants and a selection of ‘Hidden Gems’ to choose from, took place earlier this year and garnered exciting results. With an aim to find the UK’s best locations and attractions for family days out, day trips or short breaks away, the voters ranged in age, gender and geographic demographics. Cragside House proved itself to be a sought-after destination for people in the North East and North London regions, and even claimed votes from the West Midlands and Scotland.

Cragside House, Northumberland won 9% of the total votes

Minack Theatre, Porthcurno won 17% of the total votes

The Shell Grotto, Kent won 13% of the total votes

Blakeney Point, Norfolk won 11% of the total votes

Cragside House achieved 9% of the public's total vote, proving that the National Trust property is the perfect attraction for anyone with an interest in gadgets and gardens. Cragside House boasts one of the largest rock gardens in Europe and showcases a wonderful example of Victorian gardening, in the Formal Garden. The fascinating house near Rothbury was the family home of Lord Armstrong; a Victorian inventor and was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Because of this, it’s teeming with wonderful gadgetry that kids will love, including a passenger lift, telephones and fire alarm buttons – most of which are still working!

Click here to find out exactly how the UK voted for their top hidden gems and discover all the winners.