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The Northeast Sights


  • Off A697 and B6341 Map It
  • Rothbury
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

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The turrets and towers of Tudor-style Cragside, a Victorian country house, look out over the edge of a forested hillside. It was built between 1864 and 1895 by Lord Armstrong, an early electrical engineer and inventor, and designed by Richard Norman Shaw, a well-regarded architect. Among Armstrong's contemporaries Cragside was called "the palace of a modern magician" because it contained so many of his inventions. This was the first house in the world to be lighted by hydroelectricity; the grounds also hold an energy center with restored mid-Victorian machinery. There are Pre-Raphaelite paintings and an elaborate mock-Renaissance marble chimneypiece. The gardens, including a huge rock garden and a sculpture trail, are as impressive as the house; in June rhododendrons bloom in the 660-acre park surrounding the mansion. There's also a children's adventure playground. Paths around the grounds are steep and distances can be long, so wear comfortable shoes.

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Off A697 and B6341, Rothbury, NE65 7PX, England

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  • Grounds and house £15; grounds only £9.70, in winter £5.40
  • House Mar.–mid-July and Sept.–late Oct., Tues.–Fri. 1–5, weekends 11–5; mid-July–Aug., daily 11–5. Grounds Mar.–Oct., Tues.–Sun. 10–7; Nov.–late Dec., Fri.–Sun. 11–4


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