Cragside - National Trust

Cragside - National Trust
Cragside
Rothbury
Northumberland
NE65 7PX
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

E-mail

cragside@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01669 620333

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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.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

House:
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

Estate:
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.

Admission charges

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.

Discounts

  • National Trust

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sir Joseph Swan

Sir Joseph Wilson Swan – a shining light of his time

  • 27 May — 2 November 2014

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, normal admission applies.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Lux

  • 10 June — 2 November 2014

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.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Untold Stories at Cragside, Northumberland

Untold Stories

  • 22 April 2014 11am-12pm
  • 30 April 2014 11am-12pm

A guided walk around the house with Carole Evans, our Learning Officer. Hear the interesting and unexpected stories of the ‘other’ Lord Armstrong’s and their impact upon Cragside. What happened to the first Lord's art collection? Why must we not ‘throng’ the kitchen? What is the reward for a ten minute lecture on electricity? Come along and find out.

£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply, please see website for details.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Talking Objects at Cragside Northumberland

Talking Objects

  • 16 May 2014 11am-12pm

Have you heard the expression ‘if only the walls could talk’? Here at Cragside some of our objects can and what stories they have to tell. Join us for an interview with three of our most interesting and maybe overlooked objects in the collection as we unlock their potential and hear their stories. Who ‘turned on’ the lights? And why was it dangerous? Why is a nineteenth century man in a sixteenth century painting? Why is the shabbiest chair so impressive? And what links the cushion and the chair for over a century?

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Science Quest

Science Quest

  • 5 — 21 April 2014 *on now

A trail for inquisitive families. Delve into the mind of Lord Armstrong and discover the wonder of science on this one mile trail.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Victorian Baking Days

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

  • 18 — 21 April 2014

Explore Cragside and take part in our science themed Easter trail. Once you’ve completed the trail you’ll receive Cadbury chocolate Egghead.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per trail, normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Talking Objects

Talking Objects

  • 25 April 2014 11am-12pm

Have you heard the expression ‘if only the walls could talk’? Here at Cragside some of our objects can and what stories they have to tell. Join us for an interview with three of our most interesting and maybe overlooked objects in the collection as we unlock their potential and hear their stories. Who ‘turned on’ the lights? And why was it dangerous? Why is a nineteenth century man in a sixteenth century painting? Why is the shabbiest chair so impressive? And what links the cushion and the chair for over a century?

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Untold Stories

Untold Stories

  • 7 May 2014 11am-12pm
  • 15 May 2014 11am-12pm
  • 3 September 2014 11am-12pm
  • 12 September 2014 11am-12pm
  • 24 September 2014 11am-12pm
  • 2 October 2014 11am-12pm
  • 8 October 2014 11am-12pm

A guided walk around the house with Carole Evans, our Learning Officer. Hear the interesting and unexpected stories of the ‘other’ Lord Armstrong’s and their impact upon Cragside. What happened to the first Lord's art collection? Why must we not ‘throng’ the kitchen? What is the reward for a ten minute lecture on electricity? Come along and find out.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Talking Objects

Talking Objects

  • 16 May 2014 11am-12pm

Have you heard the expression ‘if only the walls could talk’? Here at Cragside some of our objects can and what stories they have to tell. Join us for an interview with three of our most interesting and maybe overlooked objects in the collection as we unlock their potential and hear their stories. Who ‘turned on’ the lights? And why was it dangerous? Why is a nineteenth century man in a sixteenth century painting? Why is the shabbiest chair so impressive? And what links the cushion and the chair for over a century?

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

William Armstrong of Cragside

William Armstrong of Cragside: a 19th-century Renaissance Man

  • 24 May 2014 7-9am

Sir William (later Lord) Armstrong is best known as an inventor, engineer and industrialist, but there was another side to the man who created Cragside. He had a love of literature, history and beautiful objects, as well as a real appreciation of modern design. Henrietta Heald, author of William Armstrong, Magician of the North, explores the romantic and aesthetic nature of this 19th-century Renaissance Man, with special reference to his book A Visit to Egypt, published in 1874.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£6 per person, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Science Quest

Science Quest

  • 24 — 31 May 2014

A trail for inquisitive families. Delve into the mind of Lord Armstrong and discover the wonder of science on this one mile trail.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Science Lab

Science Lab - Camera Obscura

  • 27 May 2014 11am-3pm

Join Carole, our Learning Officer to investigate and make a camera obscura, the fore runner of the camera. Produce your own pin-hole viewer to take home with you.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, normal admission applies

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

Gardens of Imagination

Gardens of Imagination

  • 28 May 2014 11-3am

Inspired by Lord Armstrong’s innovative gardens use your imagination to design and create your own miniature garden with the materials provided

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies, £2 per garden

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside/

50 things - Create some wild art

  • 22 July 2014 11am-3pm
  • 29 July 2014 11am-3pm
  • 5 August 2014 11am-3pm
  • 12 August 2014 11am-3pm
  • 19 August 2014 11am-3pm
  • 26 August 2014 11am-3pm

Cragside is hosting an art exhibition between June - November 2014 so why not explore your artistic side by creating some wild art with the natural materials provided. Then tick off number 18 and collect a sticker for your scrapbook in the shop.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

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