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
One from mums bucket list
A must. Mum was told about the Chillingham Herd decades ago, by her Uncle. She has always wanted to see them. I would recommend driving up to the top carpark, as for the elderly, the walk up was a bit steep. The walk across the field to the centre was lovely, and the moment we had waited for was wonderful. The herd were fantastic. Our guide informative, and passionate. She was prepared with binoculars - although we didn't need them. A must see. (I marked a dress code - as you would be mad to turn up in high heeled shoes. I would recommend closed in shoes).
A walk on the wild side
Was recommended to take in this experience and was glad I did. However as Ellie, who is a brilliant warden, advised the walk to see the wild cattle can be hilly depending where about they are in the fields. Unfortunately my wife had to abort her visit because of this. Never mind I got some very good photo's and maybe next time the cattle will be in the lower fields. Well worth the experience and learn about of the history of the cattle and how they live and survive.
AN_Other66, London, United Kingdom
We were not sure what to expect, by the time we left it was the highlight of our short break. Our guide Ellie was passionate, knowledgeable and made the day.
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.