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“The great, perhaps the greatest, icon of British Natural History”

Simon Schama in ‘A History of Britain’.

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Days Out

The Park

Wild Cattle

Chillingham offers an outstanding day out in one of the most beautiful parts of the North East of England. Close to Alnwick, Berwick and the Northumberland Coast, it has stunning views across Northumberland and the Cheviots, a beautiful place to visit at any time of year.

First, you should come and see our truly wild Wild Cattle, these remarkable cattle are completely untamed. They have never been touched by human hand. They live wild in the Park all year round and receive no veterinary treatments. They thrive in the majestic historic landscape of Chillingham Park.

Don’t miss a visit Chillingham Castle, “England’s most haunted castle” for lunch or coffee. Brace yourself for a terrifying tour of a real 12th Century garrison castle; fearsome torture chamber, eerie dungeon and magnificent state rooms. If you’re really brave, join a nerve-jangling night time ghost tour. Or if you prefer, take a stroll through the beautiful formal gardens, the work of Royal garden designer Sir Jeffrey Wyatville, fresh from his majestic triumphs at Windsor. 

Chillingham wild cattle pavilion

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The Park and new Pavilion are now open. Four tours daily. You can now book your tour for any day of the 2024 season.
The Wild Cattle Pavilion is open seven days a week 9.30am – 3.30pm

Tours of the Wild Cattle in their Medieval Park

There are four tours a day, seven days a week. Visitors assemble at the Wild Cattle Pavilion where they will be met by the Warden. Visitors will then be transported via a Land Rover and trailer along a country track to the start of the Cattle Tour. There will be a short walk from the transport to enter the Cattle Park where they will be able to view the Wild Cattle and learn about their fascinating history.

Please note that the trailer is not well sprung and not recommended for the elderly, injured or pregnant. If you have any concerns, please do follow in your own car.

We recommend that visitors pre-book their cattle tour via the Book Now page on this website. Each tour will be limited to only 20 people, so at busy times you may be disappointed if you dont pre-book.

You can buy joint tickets covering a tour of the Wild Cattle and a visit to Chillingham Castle. There is no direct access from Chillingham Castle to the Cattle Park.

Specialist Tours:
Photography and “Up close and personal”.

We are now offering specialist photography tours at a cost of £100 for a maximum of 2 people. Larger groups can be accommodated (£50/head, max 5) but only outside normal tour times i.e. post 4.30pm or out of season.

But dont worry if photography is not your thing, we are now offering you the opportunity to get in amongst the Cattle, camera or not, just as Robson Green did. We call these the “Up close and personal tours”, because that is just what they are.

For these tours, the Warden will take you in the Polaris 4×4 right in amongst the Cattle, which you cannot do on foot, and to the far flung parts of the Park.

We can host educational visits from primary school stage right through to further education.

We host specialist groups and welcome farmers, vets and other interested parties from the UK and around the world.

Please contact the Warden on 01668 215250 to find out more and book a specialist tour.

Professor Stephen Hall will be leading a long walking tour of the Park on the 19th July. Prof Hall has been involved at Chillingham since doing his Phd in the Park in the 1970s. He has unrivaled knowledge of the Park and its inhabitants. Tours are limited in numbers and cost £20pp. To book click here.


Important Notes:

  • Dogs, including guide and assistance dogs, are not allowed into the Cattle Park. This is because the responses of the cattle to dogs of any size can be unpredictable.
  • Wheelchairs can access the new Pavilion but are not suitable in the Cattle Park due to the unevenness of the terrain. However, our warden will be happy to show you around in the Polaris, if suited, at his discretion and with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please note this vehicle can only accommodate two visitors.
  • Sensible footwear is required. Wellies, walking boots or just some ordinary trainers will do in dry weather. PLEASE BE AWARE that we cannot under any circumstances take visitors into the park wearing open sandals, perforated shoes, flip-flops etc. as the disinfectant used in the foot bed at the entrance to the park is not suitable for contact with skin.

For directions, please visit our Find Us page.