Cragside - National Trust

Cragside - National Trust
NE65 7PX




01669 620333

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Visitor pulling at a boat beside the lake at Cragside, Northumberland.
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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

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

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.


  • 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 *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.

Suitable for

  • 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

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.
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