Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre

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As seen on BBC CountryFile” 2012

  • Runner up in Northumberland WOW Awards – Best Tourist Attraction
  • Northumberland Tourism Award – Silver – Small Visitor Attraction
  • Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence 2017, 2018 and 2020

Hay Farm is home to the largest herd of rare breed Clydesdale Heavy Horses within the North of England. The farm is steeped in history and in years gone by was an integral part of the Estate, the surrounding land being worked with 17 Clydesdales until the last ones left in the 1950s. These majestic beasts returned to the Estate in 2012 to tell their story both past and present through a dedicated visitor centre.

In 2017 the centre was awarded Approved Rare Breed Centre status, as it is not only home to the horses, but also to other rare breeds  which would once have been commonplace.

Take a leisurely walk around the indoor centre which houses one of the largest collections of horse-drawn machinery. In the stables you’ll come face to face with the heavy horses, beautiful gentle giants that were the original form of horse power. Their sheer size never fails to impressive and even the foals, which are born here most years as part of the breeding programme, are astonishingly big from birth.

In the adjacent yard other rare breed animals can be viewed, all of which are in breeding programmes to help preserve their future survival. Outside in the fields heavy horses and rare breed sheep can be viewed in their natural surroundings. Visitors are respectfully asked not to feed the animals as this can encourage biting, however carrots or apples can be left with staff to add to the animals’ daily feeds.

On site there are two picnic areas for customers purchasing food from the ‘On the Hoof’ takeaway refreshment area, one outdoors with stunning views and the other under cover.

Carriage rides are run in the school holidays, weather permitting, on Tues, Weds, Turs, Fri and Sun between 12:00 and 15:00. For more information and prices visit the Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre website, link below.

The centre is dog friendly and has wheelchair access. Group visits are welcome (homemade picnics available if booked in advance.) School/Educational Visits can be arranged and tailored to specific requirements.

Over the course of the year there are a number of activities held at the centre – further details can be found here.

Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre is situated between Ford and Etal on the B6354. Visitor parking is available and is clearly signed.


  • Takeaway refreshments
  • Gift Shop
  • Toilets
  • 2 picnic areas for our takeaway customers
  • Free Parking
  • Disabled Access
  • Dogs welcome (must be on a lead)



£5 per person, children free

Larger events and special activities

Charged per person

School and educational visits

By donation

Private group talks/guided tours (min 5, max 40 per group)

£4 per person

Opening Times

Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre is open from March 15th 2022, 10:00-17:00, Tuesday to Sunday, closed Mondays

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