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Notice: The Formal Garden car park is currently closed to all vehicles due to erosion on the access road, our Main car park is still open as usual. This route is still available to pedestrians, 1/3 mile from the car park/visitor centre. It has a tarmac surface and includes a steep bank.

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.

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Hydropower back at Cragside

Robson Green (pictured on the left) switched on Cragside’s Archimedes screw © North News/ National Trust

Robson Green (pictured on the left) switched on Cragside’s Archimedes screw

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.

UK's tallest Scots pine at Cragside

The 140-year-old Scots pine is officially the UK’s tallest ( June 2014) © National Trust

The 140-year-old Scots pine is officially the UK’s tallest ( June 2014)

Cragside’s 140 year old Scots pine tree has been officially declared the tallest tree in the UK. At 40m (just over 131ft and the same height as 10 double-decker buses stacked one on top of the other), the conifer has been confirmed as the largest of its kind by officials from the Tree Register –the organisation which since 1988 has kept a tally of Britain and Ireland's notable and ancient specimens.

Christmas arrivals in our shop

Our Christmas range has arrived in the Shop © Peter Sutcliffe

Our Christmas range has arrived in the Shop

Pop into our new shop for Christmas treats. 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.

Cleaning the house

Cleaning the house during the winter © Caryan Watts

Cleaning the house during the 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.

Winter opening

A frosty Tumbleton lake © Simon Fraser

A frosty Tumbleton lake

Get outdoors and take a walk in the gardens and woodland this winter or warm up in the tea-rooms and shop. They will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 7 November - 21 December 11am - 4pm, last admission at 3pm. Please note the house is closed and will re-open in the spring.

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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.