House

Lots to explore

Explore the innovative home of Lord and Lady Armstrong © Nadia Mackenzie

Explore the innovative home of Lord and Lady Armstrong

There are lots of things to see and do at Cragside House. Discover the first home to be lit by hydroelecticity - the place where modern living began!

Check out the amazing gadgets and modern conveniences as well as an extensive arts and crafts collection. There's also an exiting new trail for kids to follow, the Micro Monsters trail - hunt down the giant bugs lurking around Cragside!

Victorian baking

You can also experience Victorian baking on Friday 7, 14 and 21 August!  © National Trust / Barry Pells

You can also experience Victorian baking on Friday 7, 14 and 21 August!

Imagine walking into Cragside to be greeted by the delicious smell of home baking... Well, you can! Every Wednesday (1-3:30pm) join us in the house as our volunteer bakers light the restored range and cook up some delicious Victorian treats, filling the house with the sounds and smells of a real Victorian kitchen. 

During the summer holidays you can also enjoy Victorian baking on Friday 7, 14 and 21 August (1 - 3:30pm)

Conservation in action

Come and see our conservation volunteers hard at work, every Wednesday © National Trust

Come and see our conservation volunteers hard at work, every Wednesday

Why not come along on Wednesdays and take a look at some of our conservation workers in action?

With a collection as extensive as the one at Cragside, they sure do have their work cut out for them! Come and see how our conservation volunteers carefully handle and clean the items from Cragside's collection every Wednesday (1-4pm) in the house.  

 

Time to dress

Time to Dress, every Wednesday during the summer holidays. © National Trust

Time to Dress, every Wednesday during the summer holidays.

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!

Wednesdays, various dates and times. Suitable for ages 4-12. £10 per 1 hour session for up to 3 children, normal admission charges apply. Take a look at our events listings to find out more.  

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.

The slave girl returns to Cragside

The Slave Girl by John Bell © National Trust

The Slave Girl by John Bell

Our beloved Slave Girl sculpture has recently returned to Cragside after spending some time featuring in an exhibition called Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention at Yale Center of British Art, Connecticut, USA before travelling to the Tate Britain, London. 

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