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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.

Useful information

This Easter at Cragside

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo © Cadbury

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail
Friday 18 – Monday 21 April, 10am – 3pm

Explore Cragside and take part in our science themed Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Once you’ve completed the trail you’ll receive Cadbury chocolate Egghead.

£3 per trail, normal admission charges apply.

Volunteer recruitment evening

Volunteers at Cragside with Matt Baker from Countryfile © National Trust

Volunteers at Cragside with Matt Baker from Countryfile

Thursday 24 April, 6.30pm - 8pm

We're always looking for new people to join our volunteer team at Cragside. If you’d like to find out more about the fantastic opportunities, please join us at our Volunteer Recruitment evening.
For more information please call 01669 622002.

New spring arrivals in our shop

Our new spring range has arrived © National Trust

Our new spring range has arrived

Pop into our new shop this spring. New seasonal stock arrives every couple of weeks.

Stay with us

Stay in one of our holiday cottages © National Trust

Stay in one of our holiday cottages

Our two holiday cottages are next to the formal gardens and have amazing views over the historic parkland to the Coquet Valley and Simonside Hills. With your own private entrance, you can enjoy the estate when everyone else has gone home.

Hydro project

Water from the lake has to be drained to install the Archimedes Screw © National Trust

Water from the lake has to be drained to install the Archimedes Screw

Work is currently underway to introduce a modern hydro system which will produce enough energy to light Cragside house. The first phase of this involves dropping the water levels in Tumbleton lake to allow the installation of the Archimedes Screw hydroelectric turbine. Works should be complete by mid 2014.

Cleaning the house

Staff and volunteers give Cragside house a deep clean over winter © National Trust/ Rosie Danagher

Staff and volunteers give Cragside house a deep clean over winter

What do our staff and volunteers get up to when the house is closed over the winter period? With over 17,000 objects in the collection, they work around the clock cleaning and dusting, making sure the house is ready in time for opening.

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Read all about it

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Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Cragside? Follow our blogs and discover fascinating facts and exclusive updates about our conservation work and collections inside Cragside House and pick up some gardening top tips by following our Garden blog.