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Chillingham Wild Cattle

Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NP, England
+44 1668 215250
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Amazing

I have to admit I was a bit hesitant about this but I was completely wrong. We were fortunate... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laney98
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Very interesting

This place deserves all the praise it can get. The work they do is outstanding with these rare... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
intrepid1145
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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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, Alnwick NE66 5NP, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Laney98
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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...More

Thank intrepid1145
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

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.....

Thank Lee C
Reviewed 9 June 2017

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...More

Thank Andy B
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank Neil W
Reviewed 29 May 2017

My wife had wanted to see the wild cattle for a number of years and we eventually made it. Arriving at the "Top Car Park" we doused our shoes in disinfectant (foot and mouth precuations) and set off through the kissing gate at the top...More

Thank pookierara
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We were out walking near the Chillingham Estate Northumberland and came across a field with lots of Chillingham Wild Cattle in it .They are very different from any other cattle I had seen before. There were warning signs not to approach the cattle !We were...More

Thank jennifer b
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Very interesting visit to see the rare cattle. They breed throughout the year so there is always a variety of different aged cattle about. Herds of deer also wandering around the large area that the cattle are roaming around. Very interesting reading about their history...More

Thank cockneyshaun
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Great day out with an informative guide. The cattle are formidable in their own right and the history and genetics surrounding their evolution is very interesting. Choose the lower car park if you have a smaller car. The people on here whinging about having to...More

1  Thank janenewcastle60
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Don't go to see the wild cattle if you are looking for a petting zoo experience or a chance to get up close and personal with animals. What you get from Chillingham is the chance to see herds of cattle that have been left to...More

Thank Alec C
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