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Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and woodland - the wonder of its age

Enter the world of Lord Armstrong - Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside house was truly a wonder of its age.

Discover the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. It is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. Children will love our adventure play area and exploring Nelly's Labyrinth, a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.

Useful information

The Great British Walk

Head out and explore Cragside on a series of routes and trails © John Millar

Head out and explore Cragside on a series of routes and trails

From Saturday 19 September to Friday 23 October it’s time for the Great British Walk. Follow one of our new way-marked trails and explore the outdoors at Cragside and discover your new favourite walk.

Events and activities

Discover some of the untold stories of Cragside this September © John Millar

Discover some of the untold stories of Cragside this September

We’ve got lots of fun events planned this autumn to keep you busy, from Hallowe’en craft workshops during October half term to discovering the secrets of the house with Untold Stories.  

Hallowe'en half term

Join us during October half term for a week of spooky fun! © Paul Harris

Join us during October half term for a week of spooky fun!

This October half term join us for a week of creepy crafts in our spooky stables workshops; make a spider to hang on our giant web, make a hallowe’en lantern or a haunted house. Then, on Hallowe’en (Saturday 31 October) come along in your spookiest costume and join us for pumpkin carving then our pumpkin parade! Prizes for the biggest, scariest and ugliest pumpkin.  

Hydropower back at Cragside

Robson Green (pictured on the left) switched on Cragside’s Archimedes screw © North News/ National Trust

Robson Green (pictured on the left) switched on Cragside’s Archimedes screw

Local Geordie actor Robson Green officially switched on the Archimedes screw, relighting Cragside House just as Lord Armstrong did back in 1878. Cragside House was the first house in the world to use hydroelectricity and with the introduction of this modern hydro system, a 17 metre long galvanised turbine weighing several tonnes, it will produce enough energy to light the bulbs in the house, and enable Cragside to re-tell the story for which it is famous.

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Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Cragside? Follow our blogs and discover fascinating facts and exclusive updates about our conservation work and collections inside Cragside House and pick up some gardening top tips by following our Garden blog.

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We'd love to see your pictures from your visit, so please feel free to share your images on our Facebook page and our Instagram pages.

Job vacancies

The Cragside Team

To see if we have any current job vacancies, please take a look at the National Trust jobs website for more information.

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