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Chillingham Wild Cattle

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Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NP, England
+44 1668 215250
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a long walk up a hill

Came by bus a long walk up a hill from bus stop to car park. Then over a field. Worth seeing once... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
A touch of Wild in Northumberland

We visited this place while up there on Holiday. the guided tour last about 30-40 mins depending... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rob D
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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
+44 1668 215250
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came by bus a long walk up a hill from bus stop to car park. Then over a field. Worth seeing once we got there. Not recommended if coming by bus as nothing else in Chillingham apart from castle. So a long wait for bus...More

Thank debbiedownie82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place while up there on Holiday. the guided tour last about 30-40 mins depending on how far the various herds of Cattle are from the gate. Be prepared for some walking over fields though... not a paved path to be found... as...More

Thank Rob D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd wanted to see the cattle for decades so it was a "must" when we were in the area. We are still confused as to the position regarding dogs. As one of us has a bad foot, we were going to drive to the top...More

Thank Oldpigsqueal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've wanted to see these for a few years and finally made it. Everything is well signed and we were made aware that there is a walk from both car parks. The display at the hut was very informative. Ellie, the guide is knowledgeable and...More

Thank Jen M
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Thought this would be a good half day out but advertising is not good. My fault that I hadn't noticed that there was no walk at 1pm so had to wait 1 1/2 hours in the car park. But think there should be some idea...More

Thank Loretta R
vbm6, Manager at Chillingham Wild Cattle, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Dear Loretta R Ellie, our warden, was very hurt by your review as you did not actually go on the tour and are reporting on what is actually hearsay. Your misadventure arose from a misunderstanding between your friend and yourself and probably down to a...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

Myself and 4 teenagers very much enjoyed seeing the Chillingham Wild Cattle up close. We were expecting to have to walk miles to see the cattle but they were right by the ticket shelter so everybody was happy. Interesting talk too by our guide.

Thank Jayne B
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Potentially interesting but lacklustre guide who failed to engage with her visitors and did the bare minimum

1  Thank Alastair H
Reviewed 8 July 2017

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 25 June 2017 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
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