A blooming beautiful place to visit
This is the best time of year to take a stroll around the peaceful gardens and discover the Rhododendron forest at Cragside, the National Trust estate near Rothbury. The forest is set within the dramatic landscape created by Lord and Lady Armstrong.
It was created when it was fashionable to imitate foreign landscapes, such as the Rhododendron forests of Nepal. Along with conifer introductions from North America, the landscape grew into a fantasy Rhododendron forest.
Rhododendrons have become synonymous with Cragside since they were planted. The spectacle of their flowering in late May and June is awaited with great anticipation by staff and visitors.
The most spectacular flowering shrubs at Cragside are the hardy hybrid Rhododendrons and deciduous azaleas, which can be seen in full bloom around the house,
the rock garden, the estate drive and Nelly’s Moss Lakes.