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Cragside House

Cragside Country House

A nearby attraction that you won’t want to miss while you’re in Rothbury is the beautiful Cragside House which is owned by the National Trust.

Described in the late 19th century as ‘a palace of the modern magician’, this Victorian home - once lived in by the inventor and industrialist, Lord Armstrong - is a unique and popular visitor attraction for many reasons!

The History of Cragside

Not only is Cragside full of history, being the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity among other things, but is actually packed full of ingenious gadgets too – most of which are still working! Not to mention the extensive collection of arts and crafts that you can set your sights on.

Things to see and do

Venturing outside to the house’s grounds won’t disappoint you either. The grounds surrounding the Cragside Estate offer a ton of activities and wildlife to be enjoyed by every member of the family.

Owning more than 40 miles of footpaths, through hills and woodland, and around lakes and the home’s gardens, you’ve all got a lot to explore. From gentle strolls to more challenging hikes, you’ll find plenty of ways to see the stunning sights and scenery around Cragside.

While on your adventure around the estate you may even bump into some wild life local to the area. These could include badgers, herons, swallows and if you’re lucky you may even see a red squirrel. If you do spot a red squirrel, please let the staff of Cragside know, they would be delighted to here where!

Cragside Gardens

The gardens deserve a particular mention because they are truly breathtaking! Armstrong was a landscape genius, and it really shows. He planted over seven million trees and shrubs and constructed five lakes which can be seen in impeccable condition today. Cragside is also home to one of the largest rock gardens in Europe which leads down to the renowned Iron Bridge. You will certainly be impressed.

For the children (and the inner children in us all!), there’s even an adventure play area, Cragside’s Labyrinth, a nearby waterfall and the Trim Trail for those feeling extra lively.

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If you would like to read more about Cragside visit the National trust information page

How to get to Cragside

Cragside is easy to find and only 7 minutes away from The Croft by car. You can also take the X14 bus or if you are feeling adventurous you can make the 2 mile walk to the estate and take in all the local beauty.

Opening Times

  • House 11:00 - 17:00
  • Garden 10:00 - 18:00
  • Woodland 10:00 - 18:00

Please check the offical opening information on the National trust site.


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