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
Amazing. You have to do this.
We did the wild cattle tour and it was so interesting. The cattle are beautiful but also the land is so undisturbed by modern life and pesticides it is so worth seeing. The history of the cattle is fascinating and the warden is very knowledgeable. Definitely do this tour if you are in the area.
Historic herd of wild cattle.
Daphne4465, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Need to book! Go on walking tour to see the only completely wild herd of cattle in the World. They've had a herd in this parkland for 800 years, and have had no human contact. They're left to breed on their own so are inbred, and veterinary surgeons are never used if they are ill. The bulls fight to breed, and occasionally kill their opponent. Well worth a visit in this beautiful countryside.
Wild Cattle not domesticated
JN1230, Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
This is an hour’s trip to visit a herd of totally wild cattle. These animals have been left to get on with life for about 800 years with no interference from man. They defy science in so much as they are all clones and yet survive. The visit is for the insatiably curious; if you are not it’s not for you!
A wonderful and extraordinary experience... :-)
HonestJimbo, Tilbury, Essex
A wonderful and extraordinary experience it was, seeing the unique Chillingham Wild Cattle herd up close, whilst learning about them and their surroundings during the relaxing and very interesting guided tour given to us by the Warden, Denene, who was very concise with any questions she was asked by the group (She certainly knows her stuff. Very impressive!). It was a unique experience. I didn't exactly know what to expect before the tour, but was very pleased with everything involved (I won't spoil it for others who haven't been yet, so I will say no more). I wish all those involved at the Chillingham Estate all the best for the future. Thank you. :-)
Graham R, Honiton, United Kingdom
The guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and informative about the White Cattle. She answered every question authoritatively. The journey to the location was by Land Rover along an uneven track. It was very uncomfortable in the rear of the vehicle. If you have a back problem, I would not recommend this journey. There were so many people on the tour that one couple had to take their own car but still paid the same fee.