Things to see & do
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Celebrating Joseph Swan
Exhibition: Sir Joseph Wilson Swan – a shining light of his time
3rd March - 1st November 2015
Joseph Swan died a century ago on the 27 May 1914 after a lifetime devoted to the pursuit of scientific discovery. One of his most famous inventions, the incandescent light bulb, brought him together with Lord Armstrong, a relationship that benefited both and challenged Thomas Edison, Swan’s transatlantic rival. In this new exhibition at Cragside, find out more about his life and what a light bulb and purple dressing gown have in common. This is in part of a collaboration with Newcastle University.
Visions of Science
Head out among the seven million trees and shrubs planted in the 19th century and you’ll now find words of wisdom, wit and wonder quite literally written in stone.
They are now waiting to be discovered on a new Visions of Science Trail running between Slipper Lake and Canada Drive on Cragside’s upper reaches.
The new trail has made the 1,000 acres of beautiful gardens, rugged woodland and shimmering lakes more poetic than usual.
The five literary engravings fashioned on site by Cumbrian-based letter carver and artist, Pip Hall, are an unusual memorial to Newcastle resident Shirley Scouler’s lifelong love of Cragside.
Winter days out
Dust off your walking boots and explore the estate.
Explore Europe's largest rock garden
Relax in our tea-rooms and enjoy a well deserved warming soup or hearty stew.
Spot wildlife such as roe deer or red squirrels.
Enjoy lakeside walks around three of our lakes.
Explore over 1000 acres of beautiful gardens, rugged woodland and tranquil lakes. From gentle strolls along the varied paths throughout Cragside, to challenging walks taking you through the heart of Cragside, you’ll find a perfect walk to suit all abilities.
Download one of our walking routes before you visit to discover your own perfect place to escape.
Hydropower returns to Cragside
With the introduction of an Archimedes screw earlier this year (2014), the green energy project continues the work of Lord Armstrong, who used water from the lakes to generate electricity through a turbine to light the house in 1878. This modern hydro system will produce enough energy to light all 350 light bulbs in the house and will produce 12kw of electricity a year, providing Cragside with around 10 per cent of its electricity.