Cragside

Cragside is situated on a narrow platform overlooking the Debdon Burn gorge.

Explore the estate by car or on foot – there are 40 miles of footpaths with routes such as Peach Walk, the Armstrong Trail and Gun Walk. Man-made lakes, plunging waterfalls, footbridges over the gorge – there’s something for everyone.

Discover the Pinetum which Armstrong planted with non-native trees to recreate a North American forest in Northumberland.

In the Spring, the hillside is covered with rhododendrons.

Lots of wildlife including red squirrels which have made Cragside their home.

The Rock Garden is one of the largest in Europe and has recently been restored by the National Trust.

The formal gardens near the house are laid out as a series of terraced gardens. The Orchard House is filled with pear, fig and plum trees and below are two stone-framed sloping beds. In summer, these are planted with colourful plants to attract pollinators while in the Spring, daffodils and tulips flower.

Don’t miss the Clock Tower. Built in 1864, it had two mechanisms – one for the clock and the other to signal to estate workers when to stop (and start) their breaks during the day.

If you have time, visit the house. Described in 1880 as ‘a palace of the modern magician’, Cragside was the first building to be lit by hydroelectricity using man-made lakes and underground piping. Lots of gadgets as well as a science laboratory and an observatory.

If you’re thinking of exploring the estate on foot, check out the website and print out one of the National Trust’s 14 waymarked walks.

National Trust members visit for free.

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INFORMATION

Address: Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX View map Phone: 01669 620333
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: Yes
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - limited: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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