Discover the house

The study at Cragside

Cragside, the dream home of Lord and Lady Armstrong – a Victorian house that was light-years ahead of its time. The home of hydroelectricity, Lord and Lady Armstrong used their wealth, art and science in an ingenious way. What began as a modest country retreat quickly became one of the most technologically advanced homes of the Victorian age.

Step into the warmth of this historic home this winter and discover unique luxuries such as Turkish baths, state-of-the-art central heating, and the brightness of hydroelectric light which illuminated the dark autumnal evenings, making the harsh Northumbrian weather more bearable.

Make yourself at home in the Armstrongs’ comfortable surroundings – perhaps take time to read a newspaper by the fire in the Dining Room, admire the displays of home-grown flowers cut fresh from the gardens, or marvel at hidden treasures in the Japanese room (including gifts from the Japanese Royal Family).

Please note that over the winter months, opening times may vary, and whilst the conservation team care for some areas of the house, a special selection of rooms are open for visitors to explore.

Lots to Explore

There are lots of things to see and do at Cragside House. Discover the first home to be lit by hydroelectricity - the place where modern living began. Check out the amazing gadgets and modern conveniences as well as an extensive arts and crafts collection. 

Victorian baking

Imagine walking into Cragside to be greeted by the delicious smell of home baking... Well, you can! Join us in the house as our volunteer bakers light the restored range and cook up some delicious Victorian treats, filling the house with the sounds and smells of a real Victorian kitchen.  

Our collection

As the house grew, Armstrong’s collection grew with it. His enthusiasm for collecting included contemporary British art, furniture, ceramics & natural history as well as items of scientific curiosity and experimentation.Take a peak at our collection highlights