The Formal Garden

Sign pointing to Cragside's Formal Garden

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 large earthenware pots 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.

Relax in the Formal Garden
Flowers and the holiday cottages in the Formal Garden
Relax in the Formal Garden

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

As part of the National Trust's Women and Power programme for 2018, a brand new exhibition in partnership with Newcastle University, Switched on! Shining a light on female innovation features new installations dotted all around Cragside, including 4,000 sunflowers planted in the formal garden, consisting of 21 different varieties. The sunflowers will be in bloom throughout August and September. Discover more about this exhibition and the people behind it here

The magnificent dahlia display will be blooming lovely in September, adding a pop of colour to the formal garden before autumn creeps in.

This year's carpet bedding design is inspired by the suffragette ribon, in celebration of the centenary of some women gaining the vote.

The great Cragside cover-up: garden, in bloom August-September
4,000 sunflowers planted on the lawn in the formal garden
The great Cragside cover-up: garden, in bloom August-September