About Cragside

Cragside was biult as the country retreat of the first Lord Armstrong, a successful Victorian industrialist.

Close to Rothbury in Northumberland the house has the distinction of being the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectric power.

The house itself was designed by a leading Victorian architect, Robert Norman Shaw. There are many walks around the gardens, including the 'Power Circuit Walk' which features the restored power circuits used originally to power the house. There is also a visitor centre. In the spring, there is a magnificent show of the myriad rhododendrons

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