Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne Castle

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.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.