Cragside House and Gardens, National Trust
Average time spent – 3+ hours.
Things to do Cragside House and Gardens review
Cragside is a stunning Victorian country house near Rothbury in Northumberland. It is a great family day out for the whole family (including dogs!).
Firstly, you can visit Cragside house (which was the first house to be lit by hydroelectricity), then you could explore the grounds/gardens by foot or even go for a drive on the Carriage drive making stops on your way around. Your entry cost covers all attractions in the estate.
If you do go on the Carriage drive (which is well worth it) you can stop at Nellys’s Labyrinth and the adventure playground. There are lots of interesting things to learn about inside the house. My boys found plenty to keep them entertained and the staff were also good at answering questions from Big K (he loves to ask questions).
You are not allowed to take backpacks or prams into the house which is a slight pain especially if you have younger children. So, make sure you factor in snack/feed times into visiting the house so you can enjoy exploring the house.
The house and playground is currently closed due to covid so make sure to check directly to see when it will reopen. As Cragside is great for being outdoors you can enjoy lovely views while enjoying a bite to eat or a drink. Why not take a picnic and sit on one of the picnic benches while watching the world go by? If you do plan on taking your dog(s) with you then they must always be kept on a lead at all times and they are not allowed in the house.
Cragside Important Information
Eating – There is a tea room which sells hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic outdoors.
Facilities in brief – A victorian country house which you can explore, labyrinth and adventure playground. Plus extensive grounds and gardens. There are toilets and a tearoom.
Entry price – *FREE for members of the National Trust or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE to National Trust Members. Mid-range prices currently whilst some of the estate is shut. £10 for an adult or £5.00 for a child.
Opening: The estate is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: B6341 1 mile north of Rothbury, Rothbury, National Park NE65 7PX, Northumberland, England. Phone: 01669620333
With thanks to Sam from Travel with my boys
Category – Historical Property – suitable for all ages
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