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Lindisfarne Castle

Certainly one of Britain's most famous historic sites, and accessible via a tidal causeway, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne attracts huge numbers of visitors from across the world. Today the island is popular with families and heritage fans alike, featuring craft shops, cafes, restaurants, pretty walks around Lindisfarne castle and plenty of opportunity to buy some of the Island's famous and delicious Lindisfarne Mead.

The two magnificent heritage attractions on Holy Island always draw big crowds. The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory, dating from around AD635, is one of Britain's earliest sites of pilgrimage. It was here at Lindisfarne that bishop Eadfrith wrote the Lindisfarne Gospels. The original is safely in the British Museum, however you can view a copy in the Lindisfarne Centre.

The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory

The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory

The Island's other heritage site is the perched Lindisfarne Castle nestling high on a rocky outcrop of the Great Whin Sill (the hard, dark rock of the Whin Sill is what provided the bedrock for many of the dramatic Northumberland coastal castles). Lindisfarne castle dates from the Tudor period, with more recent remodelling undertaken. Highlights include the beautiful surrounding walled garden designed by the acclaimed gardener Gertrude Jekyll who was influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Browse our extensive choice of places to stay around Holy Island, perfect for tours of the island and for heading off along St Cuthbert's Way running between Lindisfarne and Melrose in the Scottish Borders. A choice of traditional inns, family cafes and restaurants all feature on Holy Island and there's ample parking for all. Visit Northumberland County Council's website for up-to-date Holy Island tide times - always worth doing in advance, although if you do arrive on-spec you'll see a list of tide times posted at the entrance to the causeway crossing. If there's one experience not to be missed on any visit to Northumberland - it's a trip to The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Book Holy Island accommodation now with Iknow.

Accommodation on Holy Island

  • Holy Island   (0.1 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    This detached cottage is situated on the edge of the historic village of Holy Island and can sleep six people in three bedrooms.
     
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  • Fenwick   (3.8 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    £377
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    This terraced, stone built cottage is situated in the village of Fenwick, close to Holy Island and Berwick-Upon-Tweed in Northumberland and sleeps three people in two bedrooms.
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  • Lowick   (6.9 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    £376
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    Beautifully appointed 19th century former coach house close to Holy Island with three bedrooms, enclosed garden, wood burner stove & country views. One dog accepted.
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  • Belford   (5.0 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    £363
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    This beautiful, detached cottage sits close to the market town of Belford, sleeping six people in three bedrooms.
     
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  • Lowick   (7.6 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    £239
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    This cosy holiday cottage with views over open countryside is situated a mile from the village of Lowick and sleeps two people.
     
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  • Beal   (5.2 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    £184
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    5 star Haven Holiday Park at Haggerston Castle in Northumberland with fantastic leisure facilities, entertainment complex & comfortable accommodation.
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  • Fenwick   (3.8 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    £25
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    Award-winning Fenwick B&B providing lovely accommodation with a varied selection of breakfasts. Guest lounge with TV and board games. DVD players in all rooms.
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  • Haggerston   (5.2 miles from the centre of Holy Island)
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    £191
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    Fun-filled Hoseasons Holiday Park in beautiful lakeside location in Northumberland. Great range of leisure activities, spa rooms, Chinese restaurant
     
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