Visiting Cragside after Storm Arwen

Image shows two people walking at the foot of two trees in the Pinetum. The stumps are huge. Some of these trees are the tallest of their kind in the country.

Thank you to everyone for your patience while work took place to recover from the extensive damage caused by Storm Arwen and the winter storms that followed. With the exception of den building and a few path closures in the Moorside and Blackburn areas we are back to business as usual. We hope you can join us again soon.

What’s open

Carriage Drive 

Parking available at Crozier, Nelly's Moss, Cragend and Dunkirk car parks 

See more of Cragside via the Carriage Drive, a scenic 6-mile route which passes craggy rock faces, tumbling waterfalls and sparking lakes.

Adventure play area

The kids can test their balancing skills on the log tower, climb to dizzy heights on the witches hat and swoop along the zip wire while making friends at the adventure play area. Please note: The den building area remains closed due to tree damage.

Labyrinth

Go on a hunt for William the Wizard, the wise owl and the Storytellers chairs on aventures through this maze of rhododendron. Only those skilled enough will find Nelly's Den at its centre. 

Trim trail

If you're feeling energetic track down the trim trail. Four sets of equipment between the play area and labyrinth. Test your balancing skills, climb the cargo nets and cross tyre bridges. Perfect for adding a fitness challenge to your visit or a game of 'the floor is lava' with the kids. 

Nelly’s Moss Lakes

Enjoy a stroll around this duo of man-made lakes. The kids can become natures explorers and hunt for budding rhododendron and frogs on the path on this scenic 1.5 mile walk. The path is reasonably level with an access path for buggies and pushchairs.

House

Open daily, 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

Experience Britain's original smart home. Illuminated by hydro-electricity and powered by hydaulics, this home was designed for modern, efficient living. Witness the grandeur of the Drawing Room and its 10 tonne marble fireplace, discover Owl Suite; a bedroom fit for royalty, and imagine what life may have been like as a cook in the kitchen, surround by the latest technology including a water-powered spit, an early dishwasher and the best pots and pans money could buy. 

Rock Garden

Explore the weaving stone paths of the Rock Garden and steps lined with rhododendron that criss-cross in front of the House.

Formal Garden

With the arrival of spring there are new flowers appearing in the Formal Garden. Discover some of the hidden gems in the Formal Garden. Find the ferneries - a petit rock garden tucked behind the Orchard House, see the Clock Tower peering over the garden between the trees and enjoy the sweeping views of the Coquet Valley. 

Pinetum

A garden of towering trees, the Pinetum is home to some of the tallest of their kind in the country. Stand at the foot of some of the tallest trees of their kind in the country. 

Debdon Valley 

Enjoy a stroll along the path which hugs the gentle cascading waters of the Debdon Burn. To the north of the valley is Archimedes Screw, Cragside's modern hydro-powered generator which produces enough electricity to light all 350 lightbulbs in the House. 

Pump House

Open 10am-5pm

Discover how Lord Armstrong used the Pump House to channel water to the House. As well as providing water for domestic use, this gravity fed system ensured that water arrived at the House with enough pressure to power the hydraulic passenger lift, the roasting spit in the kitchen, fire-hydrant system, and the cascades in the Rock Garden. 

Powerhouse

Open 10am-5pm 

The Powerhouse was the hub for Armstrong's hydro-electric generation. Discover more about how water was channelled from around the estate to light the House. 

The tea room

Open daily 10am-5pm

If you’re looking for a light bite and some refreshments on your visit, why not stop by the tea room?  Choose from a delicious menu of heart-warming lunches, tasty sandwiches and a feast of bakes and cakes. 

Shop

Open daily, 11am-5pm

Pop to the shop on your next visit to Cragside. Discover shelves filled with gifts and souvenirs to take home as a reminder of your trip. You may even find a bargain in the winter sale. 

What’s closed

Due to fallen trees and path repairs the following are closed:

  • Den Building
  • Walking routes around Cragend, Moorside and Canada car parks

Your safety

Please don’t be tempted to cross paths with red tape and barriers across them. These paths are closed for your safety while we carry out essential work. We look forward to welcoming you back to these areas soon. 

 Blossom trees overhanging woodland pathway at Ickworth in spring, Suffolk, East of England

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