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“Chillingham Wild Cattle”

Chillingham Wild Cattle
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Alnwick
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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“Chillingham Wild Cattle”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is an excellent tour and Richard is very informative about the cattle and their history. We were lucky and saw the cattle and some deer very close at hand. The walk across the field is definitely worth it but bring proper footwear. Afterwards visit the Castle which has a quirky tea room and very scary dungeon!

Visited October 2013
Thank Ann P
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English first
Diss, United Kingdom
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600 reviews
294 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
“Rarer than the Siberian Tiger!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We had not heard of these until we checked into the Premier Inn in Ashington where the very helpful and friendly receptionist suggested they were well worth visiting. Just be warned that appropriate footwear and clothing is essential! You park in the car park at the top of a hill just past Chillingham Church, which despite says welcomes you was shut when we wanted to take a look inside! Some people choose to visit the cattle in the morning as the Castle doesn't open until 12 noon. Once parked you have to put your covered feet into a disinfectant tray then walk across a sodden field, full of sheep the day we went. You then come to another foot tray so following the same procedure you then walk to a hut where the guide takes your £7 each off you before you proceed across another sodden field before, if you are lucky, you see these wonderful wild beasts. (I don't know if you get a refund if they are not in sight as they have hundreds of acres of fields and forests they can roam about in) We were fortunate enough that they were in the next field, about a dozen of the herd of 100 until we heard a bull groaning from another field then his harem of about 20 cows and calves then joined together forming a larger group. We kept our distance because these animals are not used to being in the close proximity of humans although at a distance we didn't seem a threat to them. The guide gave us a very informative talk about the history of this rare species before we walked back and he then showed us some horns and other items of interest in a barn near the start of the trail. A must for all visitors to Northumberland.

Visited October 2013
Thank R P T
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

Loved our tour of The Wild Cattle of Chillingham. The park ranger brings the story of these magnificent animals to life, blending their history with up-to-date scientific knowledge. If you're in the area, this has to be the most fascinating day out in Northumberland.

Visited September 2013
Thank Dominic C
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating living history”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had as lovely morning visiting the cattle in their magnificent parkland setting. The walk was a great deal easier than the last time we visited due to the new carpark - more of a stroll. Richard, the Warden, was very informative and excellent at keeping our three children amused. We managed to get pretty close to the cattle which was great. In the afternoon, we did the circular walk around the Park and loved the views west to Cheviot. Great day out.

Visited July 2013
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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Northumbrian safari !”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

We didn't know what to expect from this trip, and expected to be driven round the estate after seeing publicity about the dangerous nature of the wild cattle.

We were met by the estate ranger/guide, and were walked into the estate as a group. I won't repeat the factual info of the previous reviews, but our experience felt like a great adventure. The cattle were roaming freely around us, impressive powerful beasts, and the guide picked his way around the herd with our safety being paramount. The herd were as aware of us as we were of them, and we saw a couple of 'shows of strength' between the bulls. Happily, none took offence to us, as it appeared the guide had only a stick, and his wits, to defend us (all part of the experience!).
The guide was very informative, and after a couple of days round castles, it was great to have a change of pace and be in a real live situation.

Visited August 2013
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