Photograph © Jim Woodward-Nutt
Waterwheel & turbines at Cragside House, Rothbury
Grid reference: NU 070 017
OS sheet: 81
Postcode: NE65 7PX
Turn off A697 Morpeth-Wooler road onto B6344. Rear entrance to grounds for generator
house and wheel is on R
after around 5 miles; for house continue on and turn R onto B6341; entrance 1 m.
Cragside was the revolutionary home of Lord Armstrong, the Victorian inventor. His house was
the first to be lit by hydro-electricity, generated from a power house in which the original 1886
turbine plant can be viewed. There is also a small overshot waterwheel moved from elsewhere on the
estate. The water falls 340 ft from artificial lakes he created. In the house is a passenger lift
which was driven by an hydraulic ram.
Opening times 2017
Grounds, power house and restaurant:
mid-February to October, Tuesday to Sunday plus bank
holiday Mondays, 10.00-18.00. November to mid-December, Friday to Sunday, 11.00-16.00.
House: Mid-February - October 11.00 - 17.00. See web site for
National Mills Weekend opening times 2017
Saturday & Sunday, grounds 10.00-18.00; house from 11.00 - 17.00.
National Trust, tel. 01669 620333 or 620150.