Cragside House and Rothbury

Cragside House and Rothbury

Morning departure to Cragside House, where you will be able to view the whole house at your leisure. Depart for Rothbury in the afternoon, depart for your local area at around 4.30pm.

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Morning departure to Cragside House, where you will be able to view the whole house at your leisure. Depart for Rothbury in the afternoon, depart for your local area at around 4.30pm.

Described in 1880 as 'a palace of the modern magician', Cragside House, Gardens and Woodland is a truly unique visitor attraction in the heart of Northumberland. Situated near Rothbury, it was the family home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and industrialist. Cragside was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and a walk around the National Trust property reveals a wealth of ingenious gadgetry including fire alarm buttons, telephones, a passenger lift and a Turkish bath suite.

 

As if that wasn't enough, the grounds of the Cragside Estate offer up a host of activities that will keep you and your family busy and fit. There's a play area, a rhododendron maze, a waterfall and the Trim Trail, where the whole family can test their agility. The estate has more than 30 miles of footpaths and lakeside walks. If it is raining, head inside to the Power House which has interactive models which children can use to generate their own electricity. There is also a children's trail in the house. Cragside is home to one of Europe's largest rock gardens sloping down the valley to the Debdon Burn. The Iron Bridge, one of the oldest of its type in the UK, crosses the burn.

 

Armstrong was a landscape genius and constructed five lakes and planted over seven million trees and shrubs. The estate can be explored either on foot or by car and look out for the increasingly rare red squirrel that has made the gardens of Cragside its home. The revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius, was a wonder of its age. Built on a rocky crag high above Debdon Burn, the house was the first in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Cragside is a garden of breathtaking drama, whatever the season. Armstrong constructed 5 lakes, one of Europe's largest rock gardens, and planted over 7 million trees and shrubs.

 

Today this magnificent estate can be explored on foot or by car and provides one of the last shelters for the endangered red squirrel. Children will love the tall trees, tumbling streams, adventure play area and labyrinth. Visit the National Trust webiste for up to date opening times and admission prices as well as infomration on events and activities.

 

Itinerary

Morning depature to Cragside House, former home of the famous inventor, Lord Armstrong. In 1878, Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro electricity. The house is magnificent and beautiful with a lived in atmosphere. After our visit we make our way to the traditional market town of Rothbury, known as the 'Capital of Croquetdale', a picturesque town surrounded by lovely rolling hills. Departure from here will be around 4.30pm.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
A596 Seaton Road end Pick up opposite Lowca lane at the Stagecoach stop
Just after Siddick.
Aspatria 1 Bus Stop outside Library Car Park
Market Square, Aspatria CA7 3HB
Carlisle / Wigton Road 2 Bus Stop Outside Horse & Farrier Inn, Wigton Road
Carlisle CA2 7EZ
Carlisle/Travel Centre Reays Travel Centre, 11-13 Devonshire Street
Carlisle CA3 8LG
Egremont Market Place bus stop, opposite Co-op, Egremont
CA22 2DD
Flimby, Railway Station Bus Stop outside Railway Station
Flimby, CA15 8QN
Maryport, Curzon Street Co-op Store, Curzon Street
Maryport CA15 6DA
Thursby Bus Stop, Village Green
Thursby, CA5 6PE
Whitehaven Bus Stop (opposite Shipwrights Arms)
Whitehaven, CA28 7XE
Wigton Bus Station, King Street
Wigton CA7 9EP
Wigton Depot Reays Coaches Depot, Strawberry Fields, Syke Park
Wigton CA7 9NE
Workington Seaton Bus Stop (opposite M&S Car Park)
Workington CA14 3AB

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