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Rothbury, Morpeth,
Northumberland, NE65 7PX

01669 620333

01669 620 066

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Gardens and Woodlands: 24 February - 1 November, 10-7pm (or sunset if earlier) with last admission at 5pm, 7 November - 21 December 11-4pm.
Open BH Mons. On BHol weekends the property can be crowded.
All areas are also open on Mondays during Northumberland school holidays. Opening times vary, please check website or call ahead for detailed opening information. Last admission 1 hour before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: Yes

BHol Mondays 11 to 5. House open 24 February - 1 November Tuesday - Friday 1 - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday 11am -5pm ( and bank holidays). Open seven days a week during Northumberland school holidays: Monday- Sunday 11am - 5pm.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Late may - Mid June August-September

To see:

Rhododendrons (subject to local weather conditions) Summer bedding and tender perennials

Admission Prices

Gardens and Woodland only
Adult: £9.70, Child: £5.40, Family: £25.50, Group Adult: £8.20

Winter gardens and woodland only
Adult: £5.40, Child: £2.20, Family: £11.20, Group Adult: £4.55

Whole Property
Adult: £15.00, Child: £7.50, Family: £37.00, Group Adult: £12.50

* Gift Aid
Gardens and Woodland only
Adult: £10.70, Child: £5.40, Family: £25.50

Winter gardens and woodland only
Adult: £6.00, Child: £2.50, Family: £12.40

Whole Property
Adult: £16.50, Child: £8.30, Family: £41.00

Payment by cash only at the admission point & House (to maintain speed of entry). Credit/debit cards can be used for purchases in the restaurant and shop

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Limited access for the disabled, please ring to discuss.

Garden Features & Events

Extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and estate - the wonder of its age; Home of Lord Armstrong - one of the North East's great Victorians; The first house in the world lit by hydro-electricity; Possibly the largest man made rock garden in Europe. The Iron Bridge offers fantastic views of the house, rock garden and Debdon Valley.
Fantastic woodland estate; one of the red squirrel's last strongholds; a tricky rhododendron maze and adventure playground.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Cook and Barker Inn, Newton-on-the-Moor
Saddle Hotel, Alnmouth
Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury
Queen's Head, Rothbury

Inns & Pubs:

Cook and Barker Inn, Newton-on-the-Moor

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

The National Trust owns 1,000 acres of this estate and has completed the immense task of restoring the vast rock garden installed by Lord Armstrong, exposing the enormous boulders and planting shrubs, alpine and moorland plants in the crevices. A range of rhododendrons, azaleas, berberis and rowans add variety and colour to the scene as the visitor progresses down the Debdon Valley. In the valley is an open pinetum of huge specimen North American conifers, some of which were provided by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, and which, in the favourable damp conditions, have attained enormous heights and girths. The Trust acquired the formal garden in 1991 and has restored the Orchard House with its extraordinary system of pots that can be rotated towards the light to provide balanced growth and ripening of fruit, as well as the Display House and Palm House, (formerly glazed) housing unusual hardy plants. But the glory of the formal gardens is the display of Victorian seasonal bedding including carpet bedding. Almost literally 'carpet' in this case as the beds often feature patterns from carpets or textiles in the house.

History Of Garden

The 1st Lord Armstrong, the famous Victorian inventor, began building this enormous house in 1863. In 1880, the house became the first in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and also had hot and cold running water, central heating, telephones, a hydraulic passenger lift and a Turkish bath suite. He employed almost all the local population to create one of the finest Victorian landscapes to match it, out of the unpromising empty moorland. He laid over 40 miles of carriage drives and footpaths, dug out four lakes and planted 7 million trees and shrubs. Armstrong also used his inventiveness and engineering skill to install hydraulic engines to pump spring water to the house and laid miles of underground pipes to transport water to supply cascades, pools and to operate machinery. Described as the 'Palace of a Modern Magician', Royalty and the aristocracy came to stay to see this wonder of the world for themselves.

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