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Historic Tours start this month

Tours are to re-open after Pandemic shuts down one of  Lord Armstrong of Cragside's enduring heritage sites for the ‘renewables generation’

Despite having to close due to the Pandemic last year, Cragend Farm is pleased to be re-opening in May with Historic Tours of its Farm and buildings including the unique Hydraulic Listed Silo.

As well as being a Rare Breed Farm, with B&B and self-catering holiday accommodation, Shaun and Lou Renwick have also opened their farm as an Historic Houses historic site for visitors.

The Tours will run in May 18th, June 8th  June 22nd  and July  6th  from 11am to 1pm with a walk and talk tour and discussions for anyone interested in architecture, historic buildings and agricultural and industrial engineering.

The tour costs £12.50 and comprises of a Welcome Pack, Introduction, Tour of the farm and buildings and Further Discussion of historical and architectural interest.

There will be free parking, toilet facilities and beverages available. Sturdy outdoor shoes are essential, (Covid Regulations Apply). 

Pre-booking is required.  Contact Lou Renwick for further information 01669-621533 or visit the Historic Houses website using the link below and book direct or through a ticket link: 


The engineering and design genius of Lord Armstrong of Cragside, led him to create a Model Farm that showed exceptional capacity for ground breaking technology in the 1880’s. The fossil fuel era of motorised machinery has been short-lived and today’s world is starting to revisit these sustainable technologies as a way of combatting global warming and climate change. 

The Silo, and its surrounding buildings, once completely derelict, and classed as a Building at Risk, has been partially restored for visitors with a head for heights to go inside the buildings and see the hydraulic machinery designed by Lord Armstrong of Cragside. At over 12 metres deep the Cragend Silo is a unique building and worth a visit.






About the author

Lou is the owner of Cragend Farm with her husband Shaun, and deals with everything from Holiday Accommodation inquiries to egg collection from the chickens; she is the social media and web design finger-tapper.

Find Out More About Cragend

Cragend Farm has a interesting and diverse history, from technical innovations to historic buildings. Tied in closely to the neighbouring Cragside Estate home of Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong.