Activities

Guided walks

The first house in the wrold to be lit by hydro-electricity

Discover more about Cragside on one of our regular guided walks.

If you love gardens, why not join one of our volunteer gardeners on a tour of the Formal Garden? Every Tuesday and Wednesday. 

If engineering is your thing, you can join a monthly engineering walk with our engineer Robin Wright, and discover all things engineering at Cragside.  

Or, get off the beaten track and explore the wider Cragside estate on a Ranger walk, every Saturday

 

Wonderful walks

Explore the spectacular estate on a variety of trails and paths © National Trust

Explore the spectacular estate on a variety of trails and paths

With over 1000 acres and 40 miles of footpaths to explore up hill, through woodland and gardens you'll definitely be spoilt for choice. Take a look at our downloadable walks on this page or pick up a trail leaflet from the information hut in the main car park or the Visitor Centre on the day of your visit. Feeling energetic and want to explore the local area? Head to the local village of Rothbury and join one of the popular Shepherds Walks which are run by local people. 
 

Nelly's Moss lakes walk

Cragside’s Nelly’s Moss lake © National Trust

Cragside’s Nelly’s Moss lake

A lovely flat walk around two of Cragside’s historic lakes. This 1 hour walk along established footpaths is quite easy and level, with some steps and there is an alternate route option for buggies and wheelchairs, just follow the blue waymark discs.

Armstrong trail

The Armstrong trail guides you around Tumbleton lake © National Trust

The Armstrong trail guides you around Tumbleton lake

You’ll find out more about the history of Cragside as you walk past key features including; the Archimedes Screw, the Iron Bridge and Power House. Follow the green waymark disks along this circular route with established footpaths.

Gun walk

The Gun walk at Cragside offers spectacular views   © National Trust

The Gun walk at Cragside offers spectacular views

A challenging stroll through the heart of Cragside taking in some of the estate’s most stunning highlights. This 2 hour walk leads you over established footpath with some steep climbs and rock steps.  Follow the red waymark disks.

Views of Cragside walk

Stroll through the heart of Cragside and encounter beautiful views © National Trust

Stroll through the heart of Cragside and encounter beautiful views

A hilly walk into the middle of the estate, encountering classic views across Cragside and the surrounding countryside. This 2 mile walk takes you along established footpaths and tracks with some steep climbs. Follow the black waymark discs.

Time to dress

Time to Dress at Cragside

Time to Dress at Cragside

A truly immersive experience for children. Dress up in Victorian clothing, from bloomers to hats, with your very own personal servant on hand to assist. Then, take a walk around the house and amaze the visitors! 

Suitable for ages 4-12. £10 per 1 hour session for up to 3 children, normal admission charges apply. 

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Explore Cragside and keep the children entertained with our 50 Things to do before you're 11¾ campaign. '50 things to do' gets you and your family out and about exploring the Great Outdoors.

 

Conservation in action

Katherine Foggon, House Steward at Cragside

 Wednesdays, 1 - 4pm

Meet the conservation volunteers and watch how they delicately handle and clean items from Cragside’s collection. It's a great opportunity to see some of our more 'behind the scenes' work and our volunteers will answer any specific questions.
Free, normal admission charges apply. Subject to volunteer availability.

Victorian baking days

Victorian Baking Days take place most Wednesdayâ¿¿s

 Wednesdays, 1 – 3pm

Imagine visiting Cragside to be greeted by the smell of baking as you step through the door. Our volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes on the recently restored range in our magnificent kitchen.
Free, normal admission charges apply. Subject to volunteer availability.

Sir Joseph Swan

Joseph Swan

Everyday, house open times. 

Joseph Swan died a century ago after a lifetime devoted to the pursuit of scientific discovery. His most famous invention, the incandescent light bulb, brought him to Cragside. In this new exhibition find out about his life and what a light bulb and purple dressing gown have in common.
Free, normal admission charges apply.

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