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“Amazing Experience.”

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!
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Wild Cattle of Chillingham are one of the best attractions in Northumberland.
I took my 90 year old Farther to see these incredible beasts who had worked with cattle previously
and he was so pleased we went. The history of the beasts is amazing over 800 years, the wardens knowledge is fantastic and so informative, my farther had lost of questions which answered with ease. They are truly unique and a must visit if you are visiting Northumberland.

Thank Melanie-and-Rob
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

The first tour was advertised for 10am, so we arrived slightly before this, as did two other cars at the same time. We parked in the top car park where a sign announced the first tour was at 10am, and were the first cars in the car park. We then walked across the fields in the drizzle to find a sign advising that the first tour was not until 11am! We were prepared for the walk and were suitably dressed for this and the weather.

There was no sign of any staff around so we retraced our steps, still in the drizzle, to the car park and took our business elsewhere.

We didn't mind the weather, after all this is the UK, even though it was the first rain of our two weeks in Northumberland, but why the conflicting advertising and signage? No excuses - this is very poor customer service, unprofessional, and smacks of taking your visitors for granted - "oh its raining, we won't bother".

We won't be going back and won't recommend anybody else to go out of their way to this "attraction" however rare these cattle are!

1  Thank Llanelly
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vbm6, Manager at Chillingham Wild Cattle, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Hi Llanelly

My apologies for this unfortunate incident and the disappointment you must have felt when you did not get to see the Cattle, especially when you made the effort in the drizzle. The Chillingham Wild Cattle Association is a non profit making charity and, in order to harbour our resources, we can only afford to employ one Warden (Guiding visitors to the cattle is only one of a variety of daily tasks). On the day the Park opened at 11 a.m., I believe the Warden was called away on a personal emergency and delegated to a friend the task of putting up a notice to that effect. This is a very rare incident and probably the only time the Park has been late opening since the Warden joined us nearly nine years ago. As a charity and reliant on visitors' entrance fees to sustain the Cattle and the Warden, I can assure you we do not take our visitors for granted. You should see the Warden in full flow, in the pouring rain, mesmerising the drenched visitors! When you work and live in Northumberland, a fine day is when it only drizzles. So we bother in ANY weather! I can only apologise and hope that next time you are in Northumberland, you will come and visit these magnificent beasts. They are truly worth the effort!

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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

To start with this is not your standard tourist day out. Ideally you want to park in the top car park which is a drive up a steep forest road. Alternatively you park at the bottom and walk up. Even from the top car park you have a 10 minutes walk to the wardens hut across fields so remember to wear sensible footwear. At the wardens hit it is just what it says, a hut. Don't expect a cafe etc whilst you wait for the tour to start.

All that said it is worth the wait and walk. The warden is very knowledgable and will take you as close to the cattle as is safe.

Read the website before you go as there is lots of useful information and gives some information on these amazing beasts

Thank Superships1
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I first saw the wild cattle of Chillingham in 1972, when they were in the early stages of recovering from being decimated by the great snows of 1949.
I have just visited again (June 2014) and was pleased to see that te herd is now over 120 strong.
I found it just as interesting to hear the current Warden talk about the history of these unique animals and especially nice to see a hare running accross the field.

Thank MikePShropshire
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

What a surprise - total enjoyment looking at a herd of cattle.
Richard, the 'tour guide' is excellent. Professional, enthusiastic - and funny.
I thoroughly recommend this tour to all and sundry.

Thank OakwoodUK
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