The House at Cragside

 The Drawing Room with the Italian marble chimney

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.

Lots to Explore

There are lots of things to see and do at Cragside House, open every day. Discover the first home to be lit by hydroelecticity - 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! Every Wednesday and Friday (subject to volunteer availability) 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.  

Conservation in action

Every week day (subject to volunteer availability) you can also catch our conservation volunteers hard at work. With a collection as extensive as the one at Cragside, they sure do have their work cut out for them! Come along and see how they delicately clean and care for the items in our collection. 

Cragside Crackle trail

Grab a family trail from the welcome desk in the house and see if you can spot all of the early electrical gismos and guess their uses. House trails are 50p each.

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
Installations in the Electrical Room at Cragside, Northumberland

Discover the Electrical Room...

After 120 years, the spark has returned to Cragside! Discover the secrets of Lord Armstrong's electrical laboratory and see some of the experiments of the "Magician of the North" brought back to life in a new installation, making the air crackle with electricity once more!