Cragside House and Gardens, Rothbury

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Experience the life of the 19th-century aristocracy at Cragside House and Gardens. Originally built as a modest lodge on a rocky hillside in 1863, the world's first home to be lit using hydroelectric power subsequently transformed into the Free Tudor mansion you'll encounter today. Start your tour in the house, which showcases a large collection of fine art and opulent furnishings. Head out to the gardens, where you'll find a hedgerow labyrinth and the world's largest rock garden. Afterward, take your rest in the Tea Rooms while enjoying traditional English tea and homemade scones. Check out the on-site shop for high-quality souvenirs, such as handcrafted pottery and local foods. Plan to see Cragside House and Gardens and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rothbury trip planner .
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  • This is a gorgeous place, both house and grounds, we spent most of a glorious day here and were very satisfied. My single gripe is I, personally, felt I wanted to learn more about Lord Armstrong and h...  more »
  • We had a lovely day at Cragside. The house is fantastic and very interesting. At the entrance you are approached to pay. One price for the gardens and another for the house we were also asked if we wa...  more »
  • We spent a lovely few hours exploring the grounds in March. We were very lucky with the weather and the dog had fun too. We called in the coffee house next to the shop for lunch and enjoyed some lovel...  more »
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  • An unexpected gem! We had been expecting the usual National Trust house and garden but Cragside is in a league of it's own. Victorian inventor and entrepreneur, Lord Armstrong made this house into a very impressive and historically significant place for the era. This was the first domestic home to be lit by electric lighting and the first to have hydro-electric power. A true pioneer. The estate grounds are equally impressive with a lot of walks available but also a one-way drive with car parks at activities along the way. We had planned to spend a few hours but ended up staying all day!
  • Great place to explore. Lots of great walks for the dog. A visit to the house is a must. Amazing to see Lord Armstrong 's innovations. May/June is rhodendrom season and what a display all over the estate not to be missed. Remember good walking shoe and a stick as a little steep in places. Cafe, clean restrooms and a NT Shop. There is enough to see to spend the whole day.
  • Only stopped briefly on the way past but looks great. Certainly plan to return and spend a lot more time here.
  • Beautiful place to spend the day.Cragside house is very interesting as is the Gardens and surrounding area.You will need a full day to explore as there's plenty of walks. Gardens and park area are dog friendly.
  • It's got a great history and there is plenty to see in the house and lovely walks in the gardens.

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