Things to see & do

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Don't forget to...

  • Look for the storyteller's chair in the labyrinth
  • Get close to nature in the wildlife hide
  • Call into the tea-rooms for a freshly made scone
  • Explore the Pinetum and meet Douglas, our green man carving
  • Pop into the orchard house to see colourful tulips
  • Treat your loved ones to a beautiful gift from our shop
  • Hug a tree, we have all sizes, including some of the tallest in the country
  • Visit the Owl Suite of 1884 built for royal visitors
  • Wander over the iconic Iron Bridge
  • Explore tunnels and pathways in the rhododendron labyrinth

Celebrating Joseph Swan

Joseph Swan © National Trust

Joseph Swan

Exhibition: Sir Joseph Wilson Swan – a shining light of his time
Tuesday 27 May – Sunday 2 November

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.

Download our events leaflet

We've got lots of exciting events taking place this year © National Trust

We've got lots of exciting events taking place this year

You can now download our 2014 events and activities leaflet. Packed full with events and activities, this is your definitive guide to what’s happening at Cragside this year.
(Pdf 1.6 MB)

Wonderful walks

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.