The former home of Lord and Lady Armstrong - Cragside, Northumberland

Important notice -

Access to the Formal Gardens is currently limited due to a landslide. Whilst we regret that there is no disabled access at this time, the Gardens are still open as normal. For more information please visit the “Our Work” section of the website below.

Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and woodland - the wonder of its age


Things to see and do


What's on

Upcoming events

Experiment Thursdays: Build a battery

Thu 28 Jul 2016
Have a go at building a battery to see if you can make a compass needle move. Try different techniques to see who can make it move the furthest! Drop in at the Young Engineers' Zone.

50 things Fridays: Messy mud pies

Fri 29 Jul 2016
Join us next to the Adventure Play Area and make a messy mud pie! What will you use to decorate yours?

Ranger walks

Sat 30 Jul 2016
Join one of our Rangers for a rugged hike to explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. You'll be led through the amazing landscape of rocks, caves and secret pathways that you just can't see through the car window!

Storytelling Mondays

Mon 01 Aug 2016
Join Storyteller Jim for story walks around Cragside - each walk will feature a different story, linked to this special place and the people who created it (5 walks every Monday, each from different locations)

Untold stories

Mon 01 Aug 2016
A walk and talk around parts of Cragside House highlighting the stories you don't usually hear.

Garden Tuesdays: Help make a herb garden

Tue 02 Aug 2016
This summer we are creating a herb garden so we can find out about how the Victorians experimented with different herbs! Come along and help us make pots to get the project started.

Eating and shopping


Our work

The Formal Garden at Cragside, Northumberland

Repairing the Formal Garden road 

We are currently carrying out essential maintenance to the road leading up to the Formal Garden, after it was damaged by a landslip. Whilst we are conducting this work, which starts on 28 June, the Formal Garden road, car park and Wildlife Hide will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians. You can still access the Formal Garden on a 15-20 minute hilly walk through the Debdon Valley and Pinetum, but please be aware that there is no disabled access due to the nature of this route. Carrying out this conservation means we can make sure the road remains open for many more years to come, your support during this time is most appreciated.



 A red squirrel at the base of a Cragside tree

Uncover the Wildlife 

See herons on Nelly's Moss lakes, catch a glimpse of the green woodpecker over the Valley Garden or spot a House Martin outside our Visitor Centre.


Get involved

Victoria Baking Days at Cragside

Join our team 

We've many roles to tempt you to join our team including; becoming a room guide or a member of our behind the scenes team. You can also become a learning assistant and help deliver our educational program or get active and help manage out vast landscape.



Children sitting on a tree stump beside the tree sculpture known as Douglas

Armstrong - our local hero 

Learn about the famous Lord Armstrong, discover examples of 19th-century technology and master the biodiversity and habitats of our streams, lakes and woodland.


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