Cragside

The former home of Lord and Lady Armstrong - Cragside, Northumberland

Important notice -

Access to the Formal Gardens is currently limited due to a landslide. Whilst we regret that there is no disabled access at this time, the Gardens are still open as normal. For more information please visit the “Our Work” section of the website below.

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

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Things to see and do

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What's on

Upcoming events

Time to Dress

Wed 31 Aug 2016
10:30-11:30
A Victorian costume activity session for children lead by the Learning Team ending with a unique "over the ropes" photo opportunity

Garden walks

Wed 31 Aug 2016
12:00-13:00
Join volunteer Geoff or Chris for a guided walk through the formal gardens. The tour includes an introduction to the different parts of the garden and seasonal highlights.

Victorian Baking

Wed 31 Aug 2016
13:00-15:00
Imagine being greeted by the smell of fresh baking as you walk through the doors...Come along and see our volunteers cooks in costume experiment with authentic Victorian recipes as they whip up various traditional treats in the magnificent kitchen.

Conservation in Action

Wed 31 Aug 2016
13:00-16:00
Meet the conservation volunteers and watch how they delicately handle and clean items from Cragside's collection. Subject to volunteer availability.

Experiment Thursdays: Salt Power

Thu 01 Sep 2016
11:00-15:00
Can we make electricity using salt water? Come and find out by building a battery and then see our model "salt water cars" in action. Drop in at the Young Engineers' Zone.

50 things Fridays: Make a home for a wild animal

Fri 02 Sep 2016
11:00-15:00
Make a bug hotel for the critters that live in your garden - which bugs will move in and call it their home?
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Eating and shopping

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Our work

The Formal Garden at Cragside, Northumberland

Repairing the Formal Garden road 

We are currently carrying out essential maintenance to the road leading up to the Formal Garden, after it was damaged by a landslip. Whilst we are conducting this work, which starts on 28 June, the Formal Garden road, car park and Wildlife Hide will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians. You can still access the Formal Garden on a 15-20 minute hilly walk through the Debdon Valley and Pinetum, but please be aware that there is no disabled access due to the nature of this route. Carrying out this conservation means we can make sure the road remains open for many more years to come, your support during this time is most appreciated.

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Wildlife

 A red squirrel at the base of a Cragside tree

Uncover the Wildlife 

See herons on Nelly's Moss lakes, catch a glimpse of the green woodpecker over the Valley Garden or spot a House Martin outside our Visitor Centre.

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Get involved

Victoria Baking Days at Cragside

Join our team 

We've many roles to tempt you to join our team including; becoming a room guide or a member of our behind the scenes team. You can also become a learning assistant and help deliver our educational program or get active and help manage out vast landscape.

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Learning

Children sitting on a tree stump beside the tree sculpture known as Douglas

Armstrong - our local hero 

Learn about the famous Lord Armstrong, discover examples of 19th-century technology and master the biodiversity and habitats of our streams, lakes and woodland.

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