Visiting Cragside after Storm Arwen: what you need to know

Three people and their dog walking on a road near Cragside House

Thank you for your patience while we take time to assess the impact of Storm Arwen. The extent of the damage to the woodland across the estate is now much clearer and unfortunately things at Cragside are going to be very different for a long time as we work to make the trees and estate safe.

Cragside is open but with a few changes to what you would normally be able to enjoy.

What’s open

Walking Tumbleton Lake

Enjoy the tranquil views of the countryside on a walk around Tumbleton Lake.

The Rock Garden

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

Iron Bridge

One of the best places to stop for photos of the House. Follow the signs for the Iron Bridge from the Rock Garden. 

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

From the Iron Bridge, take the stone steps down to the valley and follow the meandering path at the foot of some of the tallest trees of their kind in the country. As you reach the end of the Burn as it flows into the Gorge, take the stone steps back through the Rock Garden towards the House. 

The tea room

Open daily 11am-3pm.

If you’re looking for a light bite and some refreshments on your visit, why not stop by the tea room. Share a cake stand of festive treats with friends and family with Christmas Afternoon Tea.  Choose from a selection of sandwiches and a feast of bakes and cakes. 

Shop

Open weekends only until Saturday 19 February

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 seasonal opening hours the following is currently closed:

  • House

Due to fallen trees the following are closed:

  • Debdon Valley path
  • Archimedes Screw
  • Pump House 
  • Powerhouse
  • Carriage Drive
  • Adventure play area
  • Labyrinth
  • Nelly's Moss
  • All walking routes and paths to upper estate

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 hope to re-open more of Cragside soon. Thank you for your understanding.

Aerial shot of Bodnant Garden, Wales, after Storm Arwen

Help protect woodlands 

The UK's woodland is in decline and recently Storm Arwen has caused widespread damage to some of the most precious and unique trees. Trees play a vital role in nature, the climate and our wellbeing, so donate today to help create, restore and protect woodlands for future generations.