Cragside Grounds

An Electrifying Garden All Year Round

Cragside Grounds

Cragside Grounds, Rothbury

Cragside House is a spectacular National Trust property to visit. However, no visit to the famous home should miss out the fantastic garden and grounds – beautiful and dramatic whatever the season.

The estate has over 30 miles of footpaths taking in forests, formal gardens and lakes – the intriguing key to Lord Armstrong’s hydroelectricity innovations. The grounds can be explored either on foot or by car.

Over seven million trees and shrubs are still maintained to Lord and Lady Armstrong’s original high standards and vision. The Cragside grounds are world-renowned for their colourful display of rhododendrons, which flower at the end of May and into June. If you’re lucky, you might also encounter one of the estate’s resident red squirrels, a species increasingly endangered and rare in the UK.

There’s a play area, rhododendron maze, waterfall and Europe’s largest rock gardens to enjoy making Cragside Grounds a location you shouldn’t miss on your visit to Northumberland.

If the weather’s good, make sure you take a picnic. If it’s raining, head for the Power House where kids can use the interactive models to generate their own electricity – sure to be an illuminating experience!

Cragside House – 20 min (11.3 mi) via B6342 from Alnwick
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