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 your visit to Cragside House and Gardens and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rothbury travel itinerary maker.
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  • National Trust property with fantastic house and gardens. Beware though, walking boots required to make the most of the gardens. Saying that, there are options for combined drive/walk to explore the g...  more »
  • This somewhere you need to visit more than once. The house is where the first hydro electric light bulbs were fitted. He also invented the device that raises Tower bridge, uses still Archimedes screw ...  more »
  • Of all the NT properties this is probably our favorite. I love the building, the gardens and the history of it's creation. This is the first building in the world to use hydroelectric power, and the e...  more »