Things to see & do

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This winter...

Rocky footpath © National Trust

Rocky footpath

Get your walking boots on and join the Rangers exploring parts of Cragside that are up steep terrain and off the beaten track. We’re hosting Ranger walks throughout November and December.

Celebrating Joseph Swan

Joseph Swan © National Trust

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

Stones engraved at Slipper lake © National Trust

Stones engraved at Slipper lake

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.

Colourful days out

  • Get your walking boots muddy with one of our trails © NT

    Dust off your walking boots and explore the estate.

  • Heaths and heathers © Simon Fraser

    Explore Europe's largest rock garden

  • Enjoy a bowl of delicious soup © William Shaw

    Relax in our tea-rooms and enjoy a well deserved warming soup or hearty stew.

  • A red squirrel © Maurice Pankhurst

    Spot wildlife such as roe deer or red squirrels.

  • A view of the river and woodland at Cragside © Professional Images

    Enjoy lakeside walks around three of our lakes. 

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.

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