The Formal Garden

Tulips in the Formal Garden at Cragside, Northumberland

Laid out in three terraces, the Formal Garden covers over three acres and is an idyllic, colourful spot to take in views of Northumberland. In the Formal Garden you'll find the Orchard House, Italian Terrace, and summer carpet bedding display.

The Orchard House

One of the largest surviving glasshouses dating from the 1870s, the building has three sections and was built to provide shelter from the Northumberland climate for the cultivation of hardy and tender fruits. Today, there are Armstrong's original earthenware pots on display, producing fruits including figs and pears.

The Italian Terrace

The Italian Terrace is the centrepiece of the lowest level of the Formal Garden. The Loggia is a cast-iron structure, typical of Armstrong's innovations, combining familiar forms and material with a glass roof and sides and an open front.

What to look out for in the formal garden in spring?

Tulips brighten up the formal garden in springtime, as well as a host of seasonal blooms and plants in the Orchard House. With the deckchairs out on the lawn and the sun shining, it's the ideal spot to sit back and relax.