Cragside Formal Garden

Cragside is another National Trust place located near Rothbury in Northumberland. Cragside was the first building in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. The day we visited, we arrived too late to be able to visit the house. Instead, we enjoyed the formal gardens and the park, and we had an amazing time !

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The formal garden has a varied plant collection offering amazing colours throughout the years. It is a perfect example of a Victorian formal garden and is extremely well maintained. Within the garden, you can find a restored orchard house as well as a clock tower that was previously the estate’s timepiece, chiming the start and finishing times for the estate’s workers.

In the middle of the garden, there was a wonderful carpet bed and apparently the design dates from 1900.

Formal Garden, Cragside

Formal Garden, Cragside

We easily spent a few hours over there, walking through this wonderful garden, taking pictures of birds eating a fig and flowers ;-)

Formal Garden, Cragside

Formal Garden, Cragside

Formal Garden, Cragside

Formal Garden, Cragside

We definitively have to go back there, to visit the house this time !

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83 responses to “Cragside Formal Garden

    • It was worth it, especially the garden. You can go there during summer, with a little pic nic and lay down on the grass, play football or other game with your little monkey and it would be an amazing day :-)

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  1. Wow! What a gorgeous looking house and the garden is spectacular and looks to be beautifully maintained. Really lovely photos of the beautiful flowers there.
    Thank you for sharing your visit.
    – Kate

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    • Oh I didn’t know that foxgloves were so popular in the uk. I’ve seen some in many national trust gardens and a few along the road in Scotland. They are lovely, and can be huge !

      Some things remind me my childhood as well. I quite like that feeling :-)

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    • I think it was one of the most impressive flower bed. Everything was so well maintain, and everything was aligned and the overall result was stunning. I think it requires a lot of maintenance and you need to have spare plant just in case some get eaten

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    • I think it’s really worth it. You can easily spend hours over there, as there are a lot of hiking paths (not very long, but ideal for a leisure walk). It;s a bit out of the way, but you can combine with the visit of Melrose abbey, Rosslyn Chapel or Lindisfarne and spend a whole weekend in that part of the country.

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    • Everything is so well maintained ! This is impressive. There are a lot of volunteers working there and they do an impressive job. There are a lot of foxgloves in gardens here, it’s a popular plant. But we can find them along the road as well (I’ve seen some in Scotland)

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  2. The world’s first water and electricity lit homes, really incredible, it looks so classic and elegant, so beautiful English gardens, like people in the middle of a fairy tale.
    Dear Virginie, I envy you and “樂” both have interest in travel, because travel links, so that you can travel to each other to become a lifetime companion, which is filled with love of God’s will.
    I do not know when I can start my travel plans? Travel plans as soon as I get older become less certain things, but I will still try to reach my dream, whether it is travel or other.

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    • Thank you dear, yes, were are very lucky to share the same interest. We love travelling within the country or exploring new places abroad.

      I hope you will be able to achieve your dream. Travelling and exploring Taiwan is already fantastic, you live in a such beautiful place :-)

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