Things to see & do
Visit the house
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 ingenious gadgets, an extensive collection, Joseph Swan exhibition and an indoor trail for our younger visitors. On Wednesdays, the smell of fresh home baking drifts through the house as our volunteer cooks whip up some classic Victorian treats on the recently restored range.
Relax in the gardens
In autumn there’s still plenty to see in the gardens at Cragside. Heaths and heathers in the rock garden burst with colour and leaves start to fall in our woodland. Follow the autumn colour walk to the Formal Garden and marvel at the tall conifers in the pinetum and the marvellous display of autumn colour. Then, relax in the Formal Garden and enjoy late summer planting and the Dhalias in bloom.
Explore the estate
Lord Armstrong truly was a landscape genius, and with over 1000 acres to explore there’s plenty to do at Cragside this autumn. Head out on over 40 miles of footpaths for a crisp autumn walk or take your car around the six mile estate drive and discover lakes, rocky crags, rugged woodland and a marvellous display of autumn colours.
Engineering at Cragside
Lord Armstrong was an engineer through and through, and it was his technical and scientific mind that made Cragside a wonder of its age and the home where modern living began. Discover the story of engineering and hydropower at Cragside, from it's creation by Lord Armstrong right up to the present day and find out how the introduction of an Archimedes screw brought hydropower back to Cragside, continuing the work and the vision of Lord Armstrong.
Discover the wildlife
With over 1000 acres, 40 miles of footpaths, four lakes and gardens galore, you're bound to meet some of our more elusive inhabitants. This autumn, look for deer and red squirrels in the woodland and visit the wildlife hide in the Formal Garden car park. Take a look at our top wildlife spots and see what you can find on your visit.
Treat yourself in the Tea Rooms
At the Visitor Centre, in the old stable block overlooking Tumbeton Lake, is where you’ll find our licensed Tea rooms. Relax and treat yourself to a selection of tasty seasonal food and refreshing drinks. Warm yourself after an autumnal stroll with a delicious bowl of hot soup and indulge yourself with a slice of cake - or two!
A Cragside Christmas
Book your place now for a traditional Christmas lunch at Cragside, served every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 December until Saturday 19 December. Start with a glass of spiced apple punch then indulge yourself with three delicious courses, including roast turkey served with all the trimmings - yum!
There’s plenty to see and do at Cragside, and lots to keep the younger ones entertained both indoors and outdoors.
Explore the young engineers zone, have a 50 things adventure, hunt down the micro monsters in the house or join in with some of our special events.
Take a look at our things to do for families page for ideas.
Walking at Cragside
This autumn, it's time for the Great British Walk. Explore over 1000 acres of beautiful gardens, rugged woodland and tranquil lakes and find your new favourite walk! From gentle strolls along the varied paths, 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 in 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
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.