House

Lots to explore

Our volunteers carry out conservation cleaning on items from the collection

Our volunteers carry out conservation cleaning on items from the collection

Please note that the House is now closed for winter from Monday 3 November 2014 and the downstairs will re-open for February half term 2015.

During this time the staff and volunteers carry out specialist conservation and cleaning, all ready for fully opening from Tuesday 24 February.

There are lots to see and do at Cragside House. Each Wednesday our volunteer cooks are in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes in our magnificent kitchen for our Victorian Baking Days. On the same day you can also watch volunteers carry out conservation cleaning on items from the collection in the Gallery as well (subject to volunteer availability).  
 

Enjoy the house from the outside

We know some of you like a more peaceful visit to the House so if you’re looking for a quieter day out, Fridays are normally best. Even on quieter days, House visits after 2.30pm are likely to be much quieter than when we first open each day.  Whilst the house is busy, take a walk along the Debdon Burn and look up through the trees or gaze at its nooks and crannies from the Iron Bridge or look down on the chimneys from Crozier Drive. Check our opening times here.

Our collection

As the house grew, Armstrong’s collection grew with it. His enthusiasm for collecting included contemporary British art, furniture, ceramics & natural history as well as items of scientific curiosity and experimentation.

Our slave girl heads to America

The Slave Girl by John Bell © National Trust

The Slave Girl by John Bell

Our beloved Slave Girl sculpture has been shipped off to feature in an exhibition called Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention at Yale Center of British Art, Connecticut, USA. She will be on display until November and then will travel to Tate Britain, London from late February to May 2015.

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