Cragside

Visitors walking through the Rock Garden near Cragside House

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Cragside

Things to see and do

Walking Cragside

Explore the gardens at Cragside

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History

Lord and Lady Armstrong

Meet the Armstrongs  

Cragside was created by two remarkable individuals, Lord William and Lady Margaret Armstrong. With Lord Armstrong’s passion for engineering and innovation mixed with Lady Armstrong's love of natural sciences; this duo created the Cragside estate we know today. Together they transformed a rocky Northumberland heathland into an efficient landscape to create the first house in the world to be lit by electricity.

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Eating and shopping

Scones and jam

Feeling hungry?

Break up your exploration of Cragside with a bite from one of three eateries at Cragside. Enjoy a light lunch at the tea rooms or grab a bite while exploring from The Still Room and Crozier's kiosk. From 19 July, the tea rooms will revert to pre-covid seating layout. We will continue to maintain high standards of cleanliness and till and collection points will be screened. Hand sanitiser will be available should visitors wish to use it. Thank you for making this a safe experience for everyone.

A table featuring the spring collection from Cragside shop

Take home a souvenir from your trip

The shop can be found at the visitor centre. Take home a souvenir from your trip to Cragside or find a gift for a loved one. The shop is filled with home accessories, books for all ages, toys, items by local artists and makers as well as sweet treats to take home. Every purchase helps to look after Cragside for everyone, for ever.

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Our work

 The Drawing Room with the Italian marble chimney

Drawing Room Conservation Project at Cragside 

The Drawing Room at Cragside is undergoing a major conservation project over the next few months to conserve two major features in this grand room; the marble fireplace and chenille carpet.

Bees gathering nectar on daisies in the garden.

Growing green: Gardeners blog 

We have noticed bees going about their busy work at Cragside these past few weeks gathering, nectar and pollinating flowers as they move from plant to plant. In this month's blog, Cragside Gardener Holly tells us more about the importance of bees and how the team are supporting these essential insects.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Cragside on the National Trust Collections website