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
Laney98, Scottsdale, Arizona
I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about this but I was completely wrong. We were fortunate enough to be the only people for the 11 AM tour and so the Warden (a bright young lady totally devoted to her job and the cattle) took us out in an ATV for our tour which is normally done on foot. Therefore, we were able to get a bit closer to the cattle as well as see a bit more of Chillingham Park. The history alone of the cattle, how they have survived and the preservation of the breed is an amazing story. It’s a totally different and unique tourist thing to do and I highly recommend it.
intrepid1145, Warminster, United Kingdom
This place deserves all the praise it can get. The work they do is outstanding with these rare beasts. The guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about her work and answered all the questions well. We were unsure before we went but were glad we did, we learned a lot and would revisit if we were in the area again as it was very good value.
Interesting but a bit pricey....
Lee C, Clark
OK trip. Bit pricey no facilities. OK for the boys but not good for the girls.... nice wood land walk. Staff very informative cows very interesting but worth the price maybe not.....
An incredible visit
Andy B, London, England, United Kingdom
Fortunately for us it was just my wife and I that arrived for the mid-week 2pm tour and so Ellie took us out in her armoured buggy (it can only seat her plus 2) and was able to cover much more ground and get closer to these magnificent cattle. Ellie is incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable about everything on the estate, we learned so much from her as we toured the grounds. As we drove around the cattle we also saw a herd of fallow deer. We stopped whenever it was deemed a safe distance away, but certainly close enough to get some great photos. As we were touring we were discussing gestation periods when I asked how old 'that one' was ... as Ellie looked closer she realised it was 'brand new', even she had not seen such a new calf. This made the whole visit so much more special. I imagine any tour with 3 or more people would be different but the enthusiasm and the knowledge of the staff coupled with seeing a herd that has not had any human contact in over 800 years is well worth a visit.
Neil W, Silsden, United Kingdom
I'm afraid the importance of these cattle are a bit lost on me. I am no farmer, and certainly not a townie either, but to be honest they just looked like white cows to me. Yes I understand that they are the only wild cattle in the world and for this reason they are scientifically important, but this in itself does not make them a great visitor attraction! Our guide (Ellie) seemed very knowledgable, but had the air of someone who thought her 4pm tour might not have any visitors and she could therefore avoid having to repeat herself for the umpteenth time this week. You don't get very close to them, so bring a pair of binoculars (to be fair the guide passed hers around). Mildly interesting but quite expensive at £8 each!