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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Very interestingl

Peach P, Perth, Australia
Cragside house dates back to the second half of the 1800s and was built by Lord Armstrong. Trained as a lawyer, he was an inventor from early on. This was the first home to be lit by hydroelectric power. Today all the lights in this huge house are still lit this way using the Archimedes screw on water from one of the many lakes. Armstrong also installed a hydraulic lift and a dish washer. The Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) stayed here rather than Alnwick castle in the 1890s, as it had running water. There's a 6 mile drive through the gardens and woodlands that showcases the hundreds of hydrangeas and trees planted by Armstrong and his wife. The coffee shop, gift shop, information area and garden centre are worth a visit too.

Great visit

edwmagee, London
Important they don't cards at the entrance so you need cash a whopping £17 for entry to the house and gardens. They do take cash in the cafe and shop. Apparently the phone signal isn't good enough down at the entrance and you do get the hard sell to add on the extra £1.80 for gift aid or join. Also if you go the visitor centre first from the car park it's a third of a mile between the two unless you get the shuttle bus. If you do Park go to the upper level car park and walk past the information hut and the house is closer. The house is amazing but can be crowded and can feel a bit busy - it's full of fascinating inventions and the upper rooms are amazing and well worth the climb The six mile estate drive is fun and takes you through the estate on a one way loop.

Wonderful walks, science, & house

J F, West Row, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Cragside has so much to offer you want to give yourself at least half a day. We arrived 1100 so went through house first. Very free flow and informative. Lord Armstrong was one of those 19th century self made engineers who used his ingenuity in many ways. The self paced tour allows you to take your time in learning much (or little) about him, his business, and his hobbies. The first hydraulic powered house in the world, early toilets, hot water, Turkish bath, etc. were enough to wow the Royals when they came to visit. The gardens are amazing as well. We went for walk from house to 2nd power house, then to formal gardens. Take in the 6 mile drive and stop at the lakes for a picnic. Well worth it's top rating!

Impressive House

Wrappo, Worthing, United Kingdom
Went there on a rainy day and we were quite impressed with the house that is a well furnished Victorian House combined with the innovations of the late 19th century. I found the domestic area most interesting together with the fine carving evident in the house. Because of the rain we did not really explore the outside but enjoyed the woodland drive.

Beautiful National Trust Property

GAG1952, County Durham, United Kingdom
Visited here again today. One of the best NT properties. Lovely gardens and a very interesting house, which shows how Lord Armstrong was a man ahead of his time. Had a lovely conversation with the guide( a young lady) in the Kitchen who answered our questions and was so pleasant. In the billiard room another guide( a gentleman) was also very pleasant and helpful. They made the visit more enjoyable with their enthusiasm for the House and their willingness to answer questions and engage with the visitor. Despite it being a property that is no longer occupied, it still retains a homely feel, and you can picture the Armstrongs living there, a testament to how it is cared for now. It was a lovely sunny day and the gardens looked particularly beautiful, although it was nice to get some shade. The only reason I have not given 5 stars is that the Tearoom facilities sadly let Cragside down. It was an extremely hot day and we only wanted an ice cream and a cold drink. There is the small cafe near the House, but in the main visitor courtyard area everyone has to stand in a long queue for everything! It would have been so much nicer if there had been a kiosk serving drinks and ice creams, especially as it was so warm. I have been to many other NT properties throughout the country, and those owned privately and by other organisations and they operate this system which works really well. So please someone take this on board as it is the only thing that lets down an otherwise lovely day out for all ages!

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