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Notice: The Formal Garden car park road is currently closed to all vehicles. From 13-20 April we’ll be carrying out a survey and looking into solutions to re-open the road, this means that during this time the road will also be closed to pedestrians and access to the Formal Gardens will be via the Debdon Valley and Iron Bridge.
Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and woodland - the wonder of its age
Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age.
Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. Children will love our adventure play area and exploring Nelly's Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.
Events and activities
Wednesdays from 1 April 2015, 1 – 3pm
Imagine visiting Cragside to be greeted by the smell of baking as you step through the door. Our volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes on the recently restored range in our magnificent kitchen.
Free, normal admission charges apply, subject to volunteer availability.
Hydropower back at Cragside
Local Geordie actor Robson Green officially switched on the Archimedes screw, relighting Cragside House just as Lord Armstrong did back in 1878. Cragside House was the first house in the world to use hydroelectricity and with the introduction of this modern hydro system, a 17 metre long galvanised turbine weighing several tonnes, it will produce enough energy to light the bulbs in the house, and enable Cragside to re-tell the story for which it is famous.