20 June 2017


Cragside has to be one of my favourite places that I’ve visited.  We visited on the way home from Northumberland; it’s only about 20 minutes away from where we were in Alnwick.  Cragside is a Victorian country house built in the 19th century and was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power. It is also National Trust property and you can pay to go into the house, gardens or both.

The House
The house has been a grade I listed building since 1953.  The Victorian kitchen features a lift and a spit both run on hydraulic power.  Other rooms include the library, which has amazing views over the bridge and the formal garden, the dining room, drawing room and billiard room.  The dining room features a large marble fireplace.

The hydroelectricity is one on the main features of the house as it was the first in England to use this.

The Iron Bridge
Built from steel made in Middlesbrough, the bridge allows you a different view of the gardens and house behind it.

The Gardens
There are a number of different walks to do and a selection of maps to follow.  The most popular walk takes you around the lake, past the Archimedean screw and the bridge, to the pump house, then back along through the trees to the house.  The rhododendrons were just starting to bloom when we were there, but I’d like to come back when they’re out.  There's also a large cafe and a gift shop near to where you can pick up a map.

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