Group visits to Cragside

The Entrance Front at Cragside

Plan your group visit to Cragside, the home of hydroelectricity. Discover the story of hydroelectricity at Cragside and explore the former home of Lord Armstrong - Victorian innovator and landscape genius.

Booking information

If you're interested in visiting us as a group, please get in touch so we can make arrangements for your visit. You can contact us by telephoning 01669 620333 or emailing us
Download the booking form:  Cragside Booking Form PDF 2020 (PDF / 0.2626953125MB) download

What can we offer?

  • A dedicated group organiser to help you plan your visit.
  • 15% reduction on normal admission prices for groups of 15 or more.
  • The shuttle bus: free minibus service between key features (runs March - October).
  • The House: explore the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
  • The Rock Garden surrounding the house is one of the largest ‘manmade’ rock gardens in Europe.
  • The Iron Bridge: take a walk across this iconic structure and see the magnificent views of the House, Debdon Valley and Cragside's soaring conifers.
  • The Lady's Walk: take a stroll around Tumbleton Lake near the Visitor Centre.
  • The Formal Garden: take a seat on the terrace and enjoy the views.
  • Relax in the tea-rooms with a tasty treat.
  • Browse for a memento in our gift shop.
Note: Cragside is a place of adventure and is not without its own perils. The main hazards are vehicles, uneven ground, slippery steps, sheer drops and water. Help us to look after you by wearing sturdy shoes and taking care when walking in the woodland.

Cragside house

Visit the home of Tyneside industrialist, Lord Armstrong. The first house to be lit by hydroelectricity, it's one of the most modern and surprising houses of its time. Look out for the marvellous marble fireplace.

Gift shop

Visit our gift shop which has a fantastic selection of gifts, books, local foods and wines. Our plant centre offers a wide variety of plants and decorative garden gifts.

The Formal Garden

The Formal Garden, situated across the valley from the house is filled with seasonal bedding, trees and shrubs. Explore the magnificent Orchard House filled with fruit trees.

Tea Rooms

Enjoy seasonal dishes created in our kitchen and served in the Tea Rooms at the Visitor Centre. Hot food is available between 11.45am and 3pm. Call in and enjoy a morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea.

The Shuttle bus

To help all visitors get around, we provide a free minibus service with wheelchair access. It runs a continuous circuit between the Visitor Centre, House, coach park and Formal Garden drop off point.

Other information

An average visit lasts around three hours, although there are things to keep you busy for a full day. Please be aware that some services do finish at 5pm, or earlier in the winter. 
To make the most of your visit, we suggest that you schedule your arrival time after 10.30am to avoid queuing.
Coach parties welcome - there is parking for five coaches 350 yards from the House, 150 yards from the Visitor Centre.