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Chillingham Wild Cattle

135 reviews
Alnwick, United Kingdom
About Chillingham Wild Cattle
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 83 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. Herd numbers vary between 60 and 80. This is the total world population!
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank HonestJimbo
Reviewed 1 week ago

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,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Graham R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Rory C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank redcarpeted
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank pauline k
Reviewed December 11, 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PhillyBell
Reviewed November 24, 2018

These are some rather unique cattle and I’ve wanted to see them for quite a while. I’m glad to write that we had a wonderful visit, travelling down from Edinburgh. Our tour guide was not only very knowledgeable about the cattle, giving us a mix...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cameron D
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

This must have been my third or fourth visit and yet again it was incredible, not simply to see the wild cattle, but to have the wealth of history relayed to us by our guide. The cattle tour is a unique attraction and one which...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JVB2
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We visited earlier in the week. The weather was perfect and the trees were in full autumn colour, so the parkland looked glorious and provided a stunning background for the wild cattle. We had a very informative tour and really enjoyed the views to the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank twills147
Reviewed October 25, 2018

I have visited , and reviewed before, but thought it was worth noting how much I feel the signage has improved since my first trip. The cattle may not be tended but the visitors are; it must be a difficult balance not to over commercialise...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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