Things to see & do

Visit the house

Explore the innovative and extraordinary home of Lord and Lady Armstrong © Nadia Mckenzie

Explore the innovative and extraordinary home of Lord and Lady Armstrong

Enter the dream home of Lord and Lady Armstrong - a Victorian house that was years ahead of it's time. There's lots to explore including lots of ingenious gadgets, an extensive collection, Victorian baking on the restored range and conservation cleaning on Wednesdays, Joseph Swan exhibition and an indoor trail for the little ones.

Relax in the gardens

The herbaceous borders in the Formal Garden are bursting with summer colour © Holly Darby

The herbaceous borders in the Formal Garden are bursting with summer colour

With a beautiful Formal Garden, a pinetum and Europe's largest rock garden to explore there's lots to see in the gardens at Cragside. Take a stroll through the Formal Garden and admire the carpet bedding and seasonal displays, marvel at the tall trees in the pinetum and explore the largest rock garden in Europe which surrounds the house.

Explore the estate

The six mile estate drive is a great way to discover the Cragside estate © Jill Gregory

The six mile estate drive is a great way to discover the Cragside estate

Lord Armstrong truly was a landscape genius, and with over 1000 acres to explore there's plenty to see and do in the great outdoors at Cragside. Head out on over 40 miles of footpaths or take your car around the six mile estate drive and discover four lakes, rocky crags, rugged woodland and plenty of fantastic picnic spots. 

Engineering at Cragside

The Archimedes screw - bring Lord Armstrongs vision to life © North News/ National Trust

The Archimedes screw - bring Lord Armstrongs vision to life

Lord Armstrong was an engineer through and through, and it was his technical and scientific mind that made Cragside a wonder of its age - the home where modern living began. Discover the story of Cragside, from it's creation by Lord Armstrong right up to the present day and find out how the introduction of an Archimedes screw has brought hydropower back to Cragside, continuing the work and the vision of Lord Armstrong.

Discover the wildlife

See what you can see from the wildlife hide - you might see a red squirrel! © Chris Dyche

See what you can see from the wildlife hide - you might see a red squirrel!

With over 1000 acres, 40 miles of footpaths, four lakes and gardens galore, you're bound to meet some of our more elusive inhabitants. There's a wildlife hide in the Formal Garden where you can look for birds and red squirrels. Take a look at our top wildlife spots and see what you can find.

Treat yourself in the Tea Rooms

Enjoy a cup of tea and some well deserved cake in our Tea Rooms © National Trust

Enjoy a cup of tea and some well deserved cake in our Tea Rooms

At the Visitor Centre, in the old stable block overlooking Tumbleton Lake, is where you'll find our Tea Rooms. Relax and treat yourself to a selection of tasty food and refreshing drinks. There are sandwiches, soups and delicious hot meals, or how about a homemade cake or scone?

Summer fun

There's always something going on at Cragside and we've got lots do keep you entertained during the summer holidays.

From regular weekly activities to special events there's lots of things to see and do.

To help plan your visit, take a look at our events and activities pages - or pick up an events leaflet from the Visitor Centre.

 

For families...

Picnic table talk © National Trust

There's lots for families to do this summer, and there's plenty to keep the kids entertained at Cragside.

Explore the Young Engineers zone, have a 50 things adventure, track down the Micro Monsters in the house or pick up a Tracker Pack and be a Cragside explorer!

Don't forget to head up to the top of the estate where you'll find the adventure play area, Labyrinth, Den Building area, Trim Trail and Barefoot Walk or take a look at our things to do for families page to help plan your visit. 

Walking at Cragside

With over 40 miles of footpaths to explore, you'll be spoilt for choice! © National Trust

With over 40 miles of footpaths to explore, you'll be spoilt for choice!

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.

Your four-legged friends are more than welcome at Cragside, and they're sure to enjoy a visit! Click here for more information. 

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. 

Celebrating Joseph Swan

Joseph Swan

Exhibition: Sir Joseph Wilson Swan – a shining light of his time

3rd March - 1st November 2015

Joseph Swan died over 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. In this 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.

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