Rainy day adventures
Don't let a bit of drizzle spoil your fun... there's plenty to do when it's raining at Cragside
Home to Lord and Lady Armstrong, the house is full of special inventions. Explore every room and find out more about the life of this Victorian family. See if you can find the huge marble fireplace, the childhood bedrooms of Lord Armstrong's great niece and nephew, and the kitchen, where every Wednesday freshly-baked treats are served up for you to taste! Plus, check out the 'Bright Sparks that lit Cragside' exhibition, and find out more about the brilliant minds behind the story.
The Electrical Room
Hidden in the house is the Electrical Room, a secret laboratory. Here, Lord Armstrong's electrical experiments come to life. Discover recreations of his experiments and find out more about his electrifyingly-exciting story!
The Young Engineers' Zone
Here, your inner inventor can run wild! Put your thinking cap on and see if you can solve the magnetic marble cascade, or experiment like Lord Armstrong and play with cogs, LEGO™ and more!
Welly walks and muddy fun
Cragside is loads of fun to explore when it’s wet, just pop your wellies on and head outside!
Rainfall makes Blackburn Lake and Debdon Burn really come to life as they run even faster and froth up like a giant cappuccino.
The trees in the Pinetum act as giant umbrellas when it rains… well, you’ll probably still get wet but they’re still fun to run under!
One of the best parts about being out in the rain? Jumping in puddles! Whether you’re in the woodland, Labyrinth or Formal Garden, you’ll definitely find a puddle to splash in on a rainy day. Plus, it’s one of your 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities.
Lovely weather for ducks! See if you spot our ducks and geese around the lakes enjoying the wet weather.
Don't forget... keep dry and explore the estate by car on the carriage drive, a 6-mile drive with 8 car parks to stop at along the way.