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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Beautiful house and grounds.

Erica w, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The walk around the lake near the tourist info is easy although wheelchairs might find some stretches a bit of a challenge. Wallington hall nearby offers Tramper vehicles to assist getting around, would suggest Cragside which is also an NT property should consider doing the same.

Excellent day out

Loads of great walks within the grounds. Nelly Moss lake north was suitable for disabled access to walk. Dogs welcome within the grounds. The tea room was excellent value for money. We had a cream tea it was delicious.

One of the National Trusts Gems.

Merlinuk01091970, Holton Le Clay, United Kingdom
I have been to Cragside a few times before, but the last visit prior to this one was some 15 years or so ago. My memory of the previous visit was good, this one will remain excellent until I can get back to make some more. The house is incredibly well presented and is a Gothic inspired masterpiece. It would not look out of place in a horror movie as castle Dracula. The interior is interesting and will take about an hour to do, make the effort, but leave plenty of time to explore the grounds which on their own offer many walks of varying abilities. For the slightly more lazy you can take the scenic drive which takes in the large estate and offers many places to stop and explore without overdoing the legs. The labyrinth is well worth a stop off at. Good weather will improve your visit but I don't think you could have a bad day here really. One massive recommendation is that your a National Trust Member. Entry is expensive if your not, and its cash only (worth noting) however having been to the updated current Cragside even if I wasn't a member I would not hesitate in recommending it to friends and family as a must do if their in Northumberland. A side note, as you would expect National Trust food and drink is not that cheap, but what we had was good and not horribly over priced. If cost is an issue, take a picnic and enjoy it in the grounds, there are so many places to choose, We genuinely look forward to another visit. We still talk about this 4 months on.

Fabulous place

35beanie, Beverley, United Kingdom
We were based in Northumbria for a week and visited Cragside on our last day. What an amazing place. So interesting and set in such beautiful surroundings. Challenging to get around for someone with limited mobility, but we were warned, and the staff could not have been more helpful. We used the shuttle bus to get from the car park to the house and then back to the visitor centre for a cup of coffee and cake. The coffee wasn’t good but that was a minor point. We would love to come back if we ever have the opportunity.

Beautiful but a little pricey

Absolutely stunning house well presented and extremely interesting. The grounds are beautiful and the scenic drive to be taken if possible

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