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Chillingham Wild Cattle

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Address: Chillingham, Alnwick NE66 5NP, England
Phone Number: +44 1668 215250
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Come to Northumberland and see the rare and beautiful Chillingham Wild...

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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We very nearly didn't stick around to find out what was on offer, as the signage from the car park wasn't bold enough and we didn't realise that the trek across the field to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We very nearly didn't stick around to find out what was on offer, as the signage from the car park wasn't bold enough and we didn't realise that the trek across the field to the start of the tour took a good 10-15 minutes so we just missed the start of one the tours and made our way back up... More 

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Thank Tracy T
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We had heard about this and got a good deal as it's linked to Chillingham castle. It's quite a drive up to the car park followed by a 10 minute walk to the meeting point. You are guided by an experienced ranger and you get a chance to see the cows in their habitat. Sadly you can't get too close... More 

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Thank Stuart N
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

After trekking across two fields [avoiding the sheep poo!] , we did come to the field where the cattle were grazing, but they were not very close to get a good look at them, such is the luck of the draw. However there was a chronological history on the wall of their breeding which gave an insight to their long... More 

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Thank annie2mac
Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Arrived at the top car park at 09.50 and thought I might be late as it is a walk through fields to the starting point only to find I was the only visitor for the 10am tour. Met by Ellie the warden who turned out to be a very knowlegeable 20 something year old... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great opportunity to view these Wild Cattle in an almost natural habitat. Be prepared for a walk from the Car Park to the visitors centre but it's worth it. Our group were taken into the area by a knowledgable warden Ellie who gave some great information on the cattle themselves. They may look harmless but when you hear about them... More 

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Thank Mark B
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We visited here yesterday, if you are walking you need strong footwear and sensible clothes in winter. It can be wet under foot and also cattle droppings are on the ground. We were shown around the estate by Ellie who was very knowledable also very passionate about her job.

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Thank Janice K
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Interesting and unique experience but I don't feel it's worth the ticket price. The 'tour' itself lasted just 30 minutes. Ellie was knowledgable but not especially warm or engaging, didn't have many stories to tell us, and there were a lot of awkward silences! I expected a lot more after looking at the website and reviews -but perhaps it could... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The website and actually the majority of the reviews on here promote this as 'Wild' I am not sure seeing cattle laying about for 1/2 an hour doing absolutely nothing is but It was a nice place and the tour guide knew her subject but didn't seem overly wanting to engage in making us feel part of the experience. which... More 

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vbm6, Manager at Chillingham Wild Cattle, responded to this review

I am sorry you did not enjoy your visit to the cattle park. First of all, it is precisely because the cattle is wild that we cannot do anything about them lying around doing nothing. If they were tame cattle, Ellie would be able to run amongst them to rouse them out of their relax mode. Even on safari in... More 

Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Found the top car park easy enough and the walk down was well signposted. Met the warden Elle. We were the only two for this tour. It was raining but who cared with this fantastic white monoliths bellowing. Elle reported as it was raining and there were only two we would use the ATV. Even better. Ask lots of questions.... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We visited earlier this month and were pleased to think we were making a contribution towards the up keep of these unique cattle. There is no secret that there is a walk to the 'hemmel' where the tours start. The signs from the car parking area are obvious and so is the advice to wear suitable footwear. By the way,... More 

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