Cragside - National Trust
Cragside - National Trust
Lord and Lady Armstrong used their wealth, art and science in a most ingenious way, and Cragside house was the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity.
Historic house or home, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site
16 Feb-24 Feb (ground floor only): 12.00-16.00, Mon-Sun
1 Mar-28 Mar: 13.00-17.00, Tues-Fri
1 Mar-28 Mar: 11.00-17.00, Sat-Sun
16 Apr-26 May: 13.00-17.00, Tues-Fri
16 Apr-26 May: 11.00-17.00, Sat-Sun
27 May-2 June: 11.00-17.00, Mon-Sun
4 June-21 July: 13.00-17.00, Tues-Fri
4 June-21 July: 11.00-17.00, Sat-Sun
22 July-2 Sept: 11.00-17.00, Mon-Sun
3 Sept-27 Oct: 13.00-17.00, Tues-Fri
3 Sept-27 Oct: 11.00-17.00, Sat-Sun
28 Oct-3 Nov: 11.00-17.00, Mon-Sun
16 Feb-24 Feb: 11.00-16.00, Mon-Sun
1 Mar-28 Mar: 10.00-19.00, Tues-Sun
29 Mar-14 Apr: 10.00-19.00, Mon-Sun
16 Apr-26 May: 10.00-19.00, Tues-Sun
27 May-2 June: 10.00-19.00, Mon-Sun
4June-21 July: 10.00-19.00, Tues-Sun
22 July-2 Sept: 10.00-19.00, Mon-Sun
3 Sep-27Oct:10.00-19.00, Mon-Sun
8 Nov-22 Dec: 11.00-16.00, Fri-Sun
Open BH Mons. Please note that on some BHols the property can be congested. Last admission to house 1hr before closing. Gardens and estate last admission 17.00. Last serving in restaurant 17.00.
Adult £15.20, child £7.60, family £37.90. Groups (15+) £11.50
Gardens and estate: £9.80, child £5, family £23.70. Groups (15+) £7.50.
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Visitors may find the uneven ground, steep footpaths and distances between various parts of the property difficult. Stout footwear advisable.
Accessibility: House: 1 space 20yds from entrance. Drop-off point on forecourt. Visitor centre: 4 spaces 10yds from entrance. Drop-off point. 9 spaces 100yds from entrance in main car park. 5 manual wheelchairs available, booking essential. Ramped entrance. Ground floor largely accessible, No wheelchair access to scullery and plunge bath. Access to other floors via lift. Tel. for details. Level entrance to shop. Level entrance to restaurant. Only one terrace is accessible. Adapted WC at visitor centre, house and Crozier area.
Cragside was the home of an extraordinary man, William George Armstrong (1810-1900). He was a scientist, a technical innovator and one of the most successful industrialists of his generation. Like many wealthy Victorians, Armstrong spent his money on his family, his homes and his collections. Cragside began as a modest holiday retreat, but as his wealth grew and the local area became connected to Newcastle by the railway, he began building a magnificent mansion, designed by Norman Shaw. As the house grew, Armstrong’s collection grew with it. His enthusiasm for collecting included contemporary British art, furniture, ceramics and natural history. The house also has items of his scientific curiosity and experimentation.
Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- 19thC Norman Shaw furniture
- First house to be lit by hydro-electricity
- William Armstrong