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
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.
Unmissable if you're interested in cattle
Rory C, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
The guide is truly passionate about her job which is to explain how this herd came to be so special in its history and current behaviour patterns having been left to its own devices for centuries. The setting is dramatic! A very memorable visit
Really fascinating stuff
redcarpeted, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
I visited with friends and we were so interested to hear about the history of the Chillingham herd. It was far more about the historical interaction of cattle and humans, and the behaviours they exhibit when left as a wild animal, than about just this herd itself. Don't go expecting thrills or close interaction with the beasts. This is more like a brief safari tour, looking at one species in its natural habitat. That said we did also get the treat of a large herd of fallow deer across the valley too. Warning: we were too many on our group all to fit into the Landrover, so followed in our car. The road is quite rough and not for those with a low slung vehicle. The guide was engaging, very well informed, and able to answer questions asked.
the guide really knew her stuff
pauline k, Richmond, United Kingdom
excellent and informative guide. The whole tour was a learning curve as far as wild white cattle go, with a few other things thrown in for good measure by our very informative and also quite funny guide!! Be prepared to walk up a bit of a hill, I would think you could push a wheel chair up there with two people pushing though. beautiful area, worth going just for the views and the talk. The white cattle are unique.
Up Close and Dangerous!
PhillyBell, Alnwick, United Kingdom
Wonderful day out with Ellie Waddington(warden) and Rob Jordan(photographer) with the Chillingham Wild Cattle. Extremely informative day with wonderful photographic opportunities. The parks are very beautiful and the cattle so mysterious and fascinating. Would definitely be in my list of must visit attractions in Northumberland.