Rhododendron watch

A Rhododendron flower in full bloom at Cragside, Northumberland

It's rhododendron time! Catch them looking their best now.

One of the best times of the year to visit Cragside is rhododendron season, when the estate is transformed in a sea of colour.


It’s hard to depict exactly when all of the rhodies will be out, but usually the display is best to see at the very end of May/start of June, with the flowers looking their best only for a couple of weeks.


The impressive show of rhododendrons is complimented by bursts of azaleas dotted around the grounds, giving off a beautiful scent and showcasing vivid yellow and bright orange flowers.


The rhododendrons brighten up the grounds with delicate white, purple and pink flowers, which stand out dramatically against Lord Armstrong’s coniferous landscape.


The best way to see the rhodies is by taking the historic carriage drive, and experience the magnificent display as Lord Armstrong’s guests would have done. Discover the magical rhododendron labyrinth too, as it comes to life during this time of year.