Location has always been the main attraction for the owners and occupiers of Lindisfarne Castle.
From a former fort to the holiday home of a wealthy Edwardian bachelor seeking a quiet retreat from London, the idyllic location of the Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.
The renovation by Arts and Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens both hides and emphasises the old fort, all the while overlooking Gertrude Jekyll's enchanting walled garden and the unexpected grandeur of the Lime Kilns, an imposing and striking reminder of Lindisfarne's industrial past.
Please check Castle opening times and Causeway safe crossing times on our website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle/
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National Trust operates the Gift Aid on entry scheme - admisson prices outlines above are for both Gift Aid and Standard admission.
*Includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% which will be put towards the restoration and upkeep of this property. If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete a Gift Aid declaration which will allow the National Trust to claim an extra 25% from the Government on your total payment. You will be asked to pay the Gift Aid Admission unless you request to pay the Standard Admission.
National Trust members free - please show your card at admissons
Coach parking available
In coach park in the village
Credit / debit cards accepted
Limited facilities available
Car parking available
In the village 1 mile from the Castle. Pay and display, not National Trust.
Well worth the Walk if only to Admire the Fantastic Views.
Philip R, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
One has to walk to the base of the castle from the village and this can be grim on a cold windy day. But when the sun is out and there's a gentle breeze, nothing could be better,especially breathing in the fresh sea air. Great wildlife on the shoreline - lots of curlews, turnstones, and even herons. The Castle itself is run by the National trust but well worth looking around. The story of its previous owners is worth reading about too - what a getaway from it all place it turned out to be. For the year to come there is going to be a lot of restoration to the walls and some rooms due to seepage from the battering the place takes from the elements. But it is a definite must if the conditions are OK. - GO !!!
Worth a visit.
Great place to take the dog. Unfortunately they are not allowed in the castle but there is plenty of fields / beach and they can go in the walled garden. Would not recommend for people who are instead on their feet as the walk into the castle is pretty uneven and steep. Great views and interesting history. We liked that's the castle had a lot of original artifacts and felt lucy we could go as they will be closing it at the end of the month for restoration works.
The heart of Holy Island
Thomas L, Hong Kong, China
You can go to the Holy Island on foot or by car - as there is a causeway linking the mainland (Berwick-upon-Tweed) to the island - when it is safe to do so. It is unsafe to use the causeway when it is below sea level during periods of high tides. If you drive, you will find a public car park soon after landing the Holy Island. Behind the car park is a village. Not far from the village is the Lindisfarne Castle. It is quite a pleasant walk from the village to the castle. On your way up, you may feel walking to a castle in the air. Up on the balcony of the castle, you will have a panoramic view of the Holy Island and the coastal region. People visiting the Holy Island will undoubtedly have the castle in mind. It is the heart of the island. A word of caution: If you go there on your own, check the time of the tides as the causeway is "physically closed" during the high tide. A must go.
Remote castle with spectacular views
Janice R, Manchester, United Kingdom
The castle is about to undergo restoration and so will be closed for several months. The rooms are interesting but the passages are narrow. The shuttle bus service run by a commercial concern from the car park to the castle wasn't running the day we visited and so it was an extremely long trek of over a mile with hill and steps especially as one of our party has mobility problems. I suggest that when it reopens the national trust makes sure that people are informed as to whether the service is running before they pay the £4-40 car park fee.
A mini Bamburgh, well worth the hike!
24atrip, Plymouth, United Kingdom
Perched high on a steep rocky outcrop, this small castle is the most dramatic feature on Holy Island. The castle is quite a walk from the main village (no cars allowed but there is a shuttle bus sometimes) and it's a steep uneven climb to the entrance but well worth the effort. Like Bamburgh Castle the old historic structure has been remodelled (by Edwin Lutyens) to create a holiday home but I'm not sure how comfortable it would have been. The interior is a little cramped and can get quite crowded but the views from the upper levels are spectacular.