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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.
Cragside welcomed the arrival of an Archimedes Screw, paving the way to re-light Cragside House by hydroelectricity once again, just as Lord Armstrong did back in 1878. The 17 metre long galvanised turbine, weighing several tonnes, took over three ours to be carefully craned into position.
This Easter at Cragside
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
New spring arrivals in our shop
Pop into our new shop this spring. New seasonal stock arrives every couple of weeks.
Stay with us
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
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.