Come to Northumberland and see the rare and beautiful Chillingham Wild Cattle roaming through their natural habitat. The Chillingham Wild Cattle can be found at Chillingham Park near Alnwick in the north of the county and are truly unique. They are natural clones and are thought to be rarer than the giant panda. Not only are the cattle genetically identical, each one has received identical genes from its sire and its dam - unique among wild living animals. You can see them up close as they roam through the 330 acres of Chillingham Park. The park has spectacular views to the Cheviot Hills and you may also see fallow and roe deer, red squirrels and a fine variety of bird life.
The cattle can breed at any time and are true survivors. It is thought they have been living at the park for more than 700 years and the fierce winter of 1947 almost wiped them out entirely reducing the herd to 13. Today there are now over 100 animals - looked after by a specially formed association and the thriving herd has become one of the county's best loved attractions. This unique herd of wild cattle, in the park at Chillingham, are the sole survivors of herds that once roamed the forests of Britain. They are truly wild and potentially dangerous, so must be approached with care.
Visitors are able to see the cattle only when accompanied by the warden, who will ensure their safety, take them as close as possible and talk about the cattle and the herd's history. This is the total world population. They can only be seen at Chillingham.
Read the blog of Whylde, the latest addition to the Chillingham Wild Cattle herd
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(Child (4-16 years old))
(Family (2 adults + up to 3 children))
Joint tickets for the Wild Cattle and Chillingham Castle are available.
Car parking available
annie2mac, London, United Kingdom
After trekking across two fields [avoiding the sheep poo!] , we did come to the field where the cattle were grazing, but they were not very close to get a good look at them, such is the luck of the draw. However there was a chronological history on the wall of their breeding which gave an insight to their long history.
Brilliant experience with an excellent warden as guide (and protector).
This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Arrived at the top car park at 09.50 and thought I might be late as it is a walk through fields to the starting point only to find I was the only visitor for the 10am tour. Met by Ellie the warden who turned out to be a very knowlegeable 20 something year old young lady with a wealth of experience. It was great to see these unique cattle in a natural environment which hasn't been changed for centuries. Saw a number of bulls, cows and calves. Sadly I had managed to forget to replace my camera battery which I had on charge all night so didn't manage to get any pictures. Plan to return to remedy that error next year. Remember to wear stout shoes and be ready for some hiking. Happy to pay the small fee to contibute to the upkeep of this unique herd.
Mark B, Redditch, United Kingdom
Great opportunity to view these Wild Cattle in an almost natural habitat. Be prepared for a walk from the Car Park to the visitors centre but it's worth it. Our group were taken into the area by a knowledgable warden Ellie who gave some great information on the cattle themselves. They may look harmless but when you hear about them you understand they aren't!
Janice K, Peterborough, United Kingdom
We visited here yesterday, if you are walking you need strong footwear and sensible clothes in winter. It can be wet under foot and also cattle droppings are on the ground. We were shown around the estate by Ellie who was very knowledable also very passionate about her job.
Interesting but could have been much better!
Garde V, Manchester, United Kingdom
Interesting and unique experience but I don't feel it's worth the ticket price. The 'tour' itself lasted just 30 minutes. Ellie was knowledgable but not especially warm or engaging, didn't have many stories to tell us, and there were a lot of awkward silences! I expected a lot more after looking at the website and reviews -but perhaps it could be improved by a more natural guide!