Cragside

Visitors walking through the Rock Garden near Cragside House

Important notice -

To avoid disappointment please book in advance. Pre-booking isn’t always necessary for times after 12pm on weekdays, however if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. The play area is currently closed while it's being extended.

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

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What's on

Please book ahead before visiting

The gardens, woodland, shop and tearoom at Cragside are open. We recommend booking tickets before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday, and you can book your tickets until 3pm the day before you visit. Pre-booking isn’t always necessary for times after 12pm on weekdays, however if you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Cragside (10 May - 16 May)

Sun 16 May 2021
10:00-16:00
Book your timed entry to visit Cragside.

Timed entry to Cragside (17 May - 23 May)

Mon 17 May 2021
10:00-16:00
Book your timed entry to visit Cragside.
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Things to see and do

The Main Entrance at Cragside, with an arched doorway and Virginia creeper

What to expect on your visit to the House 

We're really excited about re-opening the House on Monday 17 May. We have put some measures in place to ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit including timed-entry and a one way route through the House.

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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Wildlife

A honey bee on white flowers in the Formal Garden

Spring Wildlife at Cragside 

The flowers are blooming, we can hear the return of bees to the estate, there’s a hint of warmth in the air and the lighter nights are here. Spring is a great time to spot seasonal birds and discover insects and animals. Here's a top five of what to look out at Cragside and near you this spring.

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Eating and shopping

A member of staff serving a cup of coffee

Treats at light bites at the tea rooms

Break up your exploration of Cragside with a bite from the tea rooms. Found at the visitor centre, the tea rooms is serving a variety of refreshments and light lunches. Grab a treat for on the go, enjoy dining al fresco on the courtyard or find a spot around the lake before discovering a new corner of Cragside. There are safety measures in place including screens at tills, collection points and waymarked routes. Your purchases help us to care for Cragside. We look forward to seeing you soon.

A table featuring the spring collection from Cragside shop

Take home a souvenir from your trip

The shop is now open 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, kids books and toys, items by local artists and makers as well as sweet treats to take home. We have put measures in place to keep everyone safe including screens and reduced capacity. The team look forward to seeing you soon.

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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.

Formal Garden at Cragside

Growing green: Gardeners blog 

In the last year we’ve all been discovering the importance of being outdoors whether it’s being in the garden or discovering nature on the doorstep. In this month's blog, Gardener Holly tells us about what the team are up to and how being outdoors has helped their mental wellbeing. There also a couple of top tips for the garden and home and what flowers to look out for at Cragside and near you.

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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