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
Please check the National Trust website before visiting.
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
Sir Joseph Wilson Swan – a shining light of his time
- 27 May — 2 November 2014 *on now
Joseph Swan died a century ago on the 27 May 1914 after a lifetime devoted to the pursuit of scientific discovery. One of his most famous inventions, the incandescent light bulb, brought him together with Lord Armstrong, a relationship that benefited both and challenged Thomas Edison, Swan’s transatlantic rival.
In a new exhibition at Cragside find out more about his life and what a light bulb and purple dressing gown have in common.
- Any age
Free, normal admission applies.
- 10 June — 2 November 2014 *on now
In 2014 Cragside is showcasing the creative and inventive spirit of its owner William Armstrong. Visitors will see stunning artworks, making striking additions to the estate and house. This event has been curated in partnership with Arts& Heritage. Watch this space for a forthcoming programme of events.
Normal admission charges apply
Victorian Baking Days
- 9 April — 29 October 2014 *on now
Imagine visiting Cragside House to be greeted by the smell of freshly baked cakes as you step through the door.
On Wednesdays between 1 and 4pm our volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes in our magnificent kitchen. Each week there will be a different recipe.
- Any age