Cragside House enjoys a fantastic location perched high on a rocky crag surrounded by a stunning woodland estate. The imposing Victorian country mansion was built in 1880 for the inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong, founder of the armaments firm, and was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. It has an extraordinary history of the ground-breaking engineer and scientist who also installed a passenger lift, fire alarm buttons and telephone at a time when they were completely unheard of.
The house also contains a science laboratory and astronomical observatory as well as collections of British art, furniture and ceramics, scientific curiosities and natural history exhibits. He was also a keen landscape gardener, surrounding the house with the largest rock garden in Europe and impressive formal gardens. He laid out 5 lakes and planted over 7 million trees and shrubs, now home to the endangered British red squirrel.
MOBILITY: Please note the terrain at Cragside House is uneven with steep footpaths, many of which are unsuitable for wheelchair users.
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