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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Ticketing and entry prices for Cragside House, Gardens and Estate

Type Entry for Guide price
(House, gardens and woodland)
day ticket
(House, gardens and woodland)
day ticket
(House, gardens and woodland)
day ticket

Dates & times for Cragside House, Gardens and Estate, Rothbury

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Saturday18/02/2017Sunday29/10/201710:00 - 18:00
Friday03/11/2017Sunday17/12/201711:00 - 16:00

The house, gardens and woodland are open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm from 13 February until 30 October (open 7 days a week during local school holidays and on bank holidays) The house is open 11am - 5pm with last admission one hour before closing. Last entry at the admission point is also 4pm. 

During the winter the house is closed however the gardens and woodland are open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 November until 18 December, 11am-4pm. Last entry at the admission point is 3pm. 

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Michelle D, Manchester, United Kingdom
This was one of the best National Trust houses we have been too, the house itself was beautiful and there were alot of rooms open. The gardens are large and have a nice mixture of formal and informal gardens. We also really liked the fact that you could drive around the gardens on a special route and stop off in specific car parks, this meant we could see alot more than we may have been able to do. The only small downside was that the chap doing the tickets was very nice but quite pressing in asking us to join the National Trust, I completely appreciate the reasons behind this but it did actually make us feel guilty that we couldn't (for us it would not be cost effective as we go on so few days out a year).


Pamela L, Northumberland, United Kingdom
This is a must see house and garden. It's the kind if place you could live in, well I could if I had a couple or twenty staff. It is so beautiful and the gardens are wonderful.

A good day out

Tallis, Northumberland
Having visited Cragside from childhood we have been here many times in all weathers and seasons. It never disappoints and there is something new to discover each time. Away from the house/car park area it is secluded and quiet. Walking up to the Lakes you could be deceived into thinking you were the only person there. The house is interesting and quite a relaxed place to visit, and café was busy but service was prompt, food was fine.

Northumbria Hidden Gem

Debi-Mike28, County Durham, United Kingdom
A day visit with our National Trust Membership. A really unforgettable experience. The setting is superb. And the House and Gardens are simply amazing and a roll back in time. We started with the house which was informative and showed all the inventions which made it special. Lots of lovely gardens to walk around and a nice find with "Douglas". After a lovely meal in the café we then did the estate drive which was fantastic.

Superb place. Well worth a visit

Richard H,
National Trust property with fantastic house and gardens. Beware though, walking boots required to make the most of the gardens. Saying that, there are options for combined drive/walk to explore the gardens. Extremely interesting house with hydroelectric power behind lots of area of house development. Intriguing stories from local guides. Will certainly go back, and back, and back. Certainly helps being a National Trust member of course.

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