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
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
- 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.
£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 or go online. A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply.
50 Things - Create Some Wild Art
- 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.
Gardens of Imagination
- 7 August 2014 11am-3pm
- 28 August 2014 11am-3pm
Get inspired by Lord Armstrong's innovative gardens and use your imagination to design and create your own miniature garden with the materials provided.
£2.00 per child.
- 7 September 2014 1-3pm
- 14 September 2014 1-3pm
- 21 September 2014 1-3pm
- 28 September 2014 1-3pm
- 5 October 2014 1-3pm
- 12 October 2014 1-3pm
- 19 October 2014 1-3pm
Join one of our rangers for a rugged hike to explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. We will lead you through the heart of Cragside, revealing the rocks, caves, and secret pathways that you'll never see from your car window.
- Any age
Turning Water into Light
- 9 September 2014 1-3pm
- 7 October 2014 1-3pm
Cragside is famous for being the first place in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. Join our engineer, Robin Wright, on a 3 mile walk and hear all about William Armstrong and his lifelong passion for water power.
- Any age