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
Andria H, Stockport, United Kingdom
A 'must see' if you're nearby.. fascinating to hear all about these famous cattle and learn about their history .
Wild beasts of Northumberland
My son and I took the tour to see the Cattle and weren't disappointed. Ellie took us to see them and gave us interesting information about them and the history of the park. It was easy to find taking a pleasant walk through the field of cows and calves and on to the office. We had very good views of the cattle and saw a fallow deer and a pheasant. We also had a lovely piece of cake and a coffee at the castle.
Not to be Missed
JohnatPales, Penrith, United Kingdom
Chillingham's White Cattle has been on our list for some time and we were not disappointed. A fine experience from beginning to end. Bottom CP and walk up a steep gravel surfaced track or top CP if you have a vehicle that can tackle a 1:6 single track with generous passing places. Top CP takes about 15 cars at a squeeze. No facilities. Dip wellies/boots in the disinfectant (these cattle are rarer than giant pandas) and walk across a field with placid livestock to an obvious gate with a big white bull's head on it. More disinfectant on boots/wellies and then into the parkland through a super oak wood to arrive at a comfortable pavilion/shed where our guide, Ellie, waited. Kind, able and endlessly patient we were guided with care and skill. Her colleague, Duncan, was also present and he too was really good. There are excellent displays both in the shed and in a stone arched building where the party wait. A 500m quite walk got us to within 150m of these totally wild (and therefore untrained, potentially lethal) animals. Quiet voices, slow movements and a wonderful 20 mins in the presence of history. No tricks, no silly distractions, no tea room, toilets....this was simple and pure. The walk back was uphill to our car where we met one of the Trustees who was engaging and delighted with our response. We buzzed all the way home.
a long walk up a hill
debbiedownie82, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Came by bus a long walk up a hill from bus stop to car park. Then over a field. Worth seeing once we got there. Not recommended if coming by bus as nothing else in Chillingham apart from castle. So a long wait for bus home.
A touch of Wild in Northumberland
We visited this place while up there on Holiday. the guided tour last about 30-40 mins depending on how far the various herds of Cattle are from the gate. Be prepared for some walking over fields though... not a paved path to be found... as it should be. If you have to park in the lower car park its a 15 minute steep uphill walk to the upper car park, if you arrive in a low slung sports car park low and walk up. It was really interesting to hear the cattle and see them roam "freely"... yuo do definitely get the feeling that if they didn't want you there... they would not be messed with!