The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Average visit time – 1-2+ hours
Things to do at The Holy Island of Lindisfarne review
The first thing to know about visiting the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland is that it is not always accessible. You have to time your visit with the tide as there are almost as many hours where it is unsafe to cross as there are safe. Why? Because the road is flooded by the tide. We had great fun driving on and off the island when we were in the area. It was a longer drive than we had anticipated but not only was it a great way to spot some wild sea birds, it was also completely unique.
Once on the island, there are relatively large car parks where you can pay and display to park. Once you are there you may not be able to leave for a few hours so make sure you pay for enough hours. There are very few roads on the island so if you want to explore it will have to be on foot.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne was founded in 635AD by Saint Aiden when he chose to build his monastery there. From here the Christian message flourished throughout the world. There are a few things to see on the island including the Lindisfarne exhibition centre. This exhibition tells the story of the island’s history and the inhabitants of today. (all 140 people with just two children)
The island has a number of beautiful beaches that are perfect for enjoying a picnic. The most prominent feature on the island is the Lindisfarne Castle. This is maintained by the National Trust. It is a 16th-century castle that was built on top of a volcanic plug known as Beblowe Crag using stones from the fallen Lindisfarne priory which was destroyed during the Dissolution of the monasteries. The rooms of the castle are now mostly bare but there are exhibitions and there is hope the rooms will once again by furnished.
You can still visit Lindisfarne Priory as the ruins enjoy beautiful views and kids will love exploring what still remains. There is also a museum in the grounds.
Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
FAQ and Further Information The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Address: Lindisfarne Priory Museum Church Lane, TD15 2RX, Northumberland, England. Phone: Each attraction has its own phone number
Category – Historic attractions – Mostly Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
Is there food and drink available?
There are a few places to eat in the village centre. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic holy island with a tidal causeway, castle, ruined priory, museums and beautiful beaches. There are public toilets and places to eat.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE. The Island is free to visit. The car parks are pay and display if visiting by car. There is a charge for the castle and priory. The castle is free to members of the National Trust and the priory is free to members of English Heritage. There is a charge for both if you are not members.
Is there parking?
There are a number of car parks so please choose according to which activities you wish to take part in. Parking is charged at £5 a day.
When are they open?
The island is accessible at low tide, the attractions have varying opening times and dates. For up to date opening times please visit their websites.
Dogs are welcome on the island but not within the castle, assistance dogs are permitted.
Are they accessible?
Please contact the appropriate venue