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
The epitome of Northumberland's understated magnificence
Charles L, Alnwick, United Kingdom
An Open Day at Chilingham is something to be cherished, because like so much of the Northumberland's fine attractions, Chillingham is uncompromisingly unique. The approach by steep track and cross-county path is challenging, but the welcome is sincere and the experience fascinating. There's no hype or glitz, just modest exhibits of art and craftsmanship, plus well researched and enthusiastically delivered information. My visit culminated with a tractor-drawn cart ride across completely unspoilt terrain to see the wild cattle in their historic, natural habitat. A deeply satisfying day out.
Wyn52, Romford, United Kingdom
Individual guided tour of wild cattle.Long horned cattle,surprisingly small animals,allowed to live their lives without veterinary intervention.Glorious Northumberland scenery.Steep gradient(rocky unmade road)to top car park.Excellent information boards in Barn.No toilet or cafe facilities.Not suitable for wheelchairs,rough track over sheep filled field to barn.
Char882013, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Fantastic to see these beautiful animals. The warden took us out in her Kubala as there were just 2 of us and is incredibly knowledgeable about the cattle and answered our many questions in a lot of detail. Really unique experience, would definitely recommend to anyone interested in animals or history.
Jen Med's B,
I have a real thing for cows. They are lovely graceful and peaceful animals. But the chance to see the only heard of wild cattle was too good to miss. You necessarily don’t have to walk far to see them But be aware they may not always be in the low fields as they were on our visit. Such beautiful creatures we saw a couple of young calves, some old bulls and younger bulls having a bit of a playful tussle. Really informative and you can tell the ranger has a passion for his subject. Would definitely go again. We also saw a cheeky hare pop by too.
A long awaited viist.
cragside d, washington
Having driven past Chillingham wild catlle ,many,many times it was finally time to pay it a visit.Easy to find just of A1 past Alnwick.The bottom carpark culd be a strenuous walk for some,but the top car par is a very steep and stoney drive.A brief walk through a field of sheep and you have arrived.The guide we had was very informative and answered several questions.He made sure we were all safe as we observed the cattle quite closley.A fascinating insight into these amjestic wild beasts who can only be admired after hundredes of years.