Experience the serenity of Lindisfarne Priory, cut off from the world on the beautiful Holy Island. Take in panoramic views of the Northumbrian coast, unpack a picnic in the priory grounds, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of life. Wander the richly-decorated, extensive ruins and explore the fascinating history of this site in the exciting visitor centre.
With lively interpretation discover the enthralling story of the monks who lived on Holy Island, the grisly Viking invasions and the part which Henry VIII played in the history of the Priory. Lindisfarne Priory, the original home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England.
Founded by St Aidan in AD635, the site owes its fame to St Cuthbert, the greatest of Northumbrian holy men, who lived and died there. Stroll around the Monastic buildings which formed the living quarters of the monks, the remote setting adds to the unique atmosphere of the Priory. The causeway floods at high tide, so it is very important to check the tide times before crossing.
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Family Ticket - £14.50
PRICES INCLUDE GIFT AID
Loved visiting the priory with my family! Fantastic ruins which my girls loved looking around. It's really impressive and would have been magnificent in its day. Very friendly staff. It's a shame the castle was covered in scaffolding
Fascinating with stunning landscape.
We drove over by car and made sure we were acquainted with the tide times as the island can only be reached by a causeway at low tide. There is a car park just outside the village. The village has a post office, various cafes, gift shops and the English Heritage gift/ticket shop. We bought some Lindisfarne Mead which is very addictive! The Priory itself, isn't very big but atmospheric to walk round and the small museum in the English Heritage shop provides lots of fascinating facts about the monastry and surrounding area. Unfortunately, Lindisfarne Castle is closed until 2018 and surrounded by scaffolding. There are various walks you can take around the island and take in the panoramic views. My family enjoyed a picnic on a little,sandy beach about 5 minutes away from the Priory and Church. My children enjoyed skinny dipping in the sea with the occasional cheeky seal popping its head up to see what all the fuss was about. We spent a lovely 4 hours there and most definitely would visit again.
Interesting site but no atmosphere
Tony R, Alton, United Kingdom
The museum attached to the site was very interesting but the ruins themselves had no atmosphere at all (unusual for a religious site like this). We went to Lindisfarne by bus from Berwick. All week the bus back was a 6 30 p.m., but there was nowhere in Lindisfarne that you could get so much as a cup of coffee after 5 p.m. You would think that as access to the island varies each day because of the tides someone would have appreciated that people might need refreshments at different times!!!!
The priory on Holy Island
Dennis M, Ripon, United Kingdom
It was an enormous priory in its day. It is a very interesting place to visit, well worth it. And things get explained very, very well,
Noreen E, Birmingham, United Kingdom
it was our second visit to Holy Island. Crossing the causeway is almost like going back in time. We visited the priory which is under the guardianship of English Heritage. The weather was not at its best, but nevertheless, we found the ruins magical. The gentleman who was in attendance on the day was a pleasure to talk to and knew his history. Afterwards we walked over and climbed up to the top of the new tower where we spent time watching the seals and birds. Although the car park was busy, the island didn't feel crowded. The time of the tides are obviously an issue as to the length of time a visit will take. All ages should find something to see and enjoy. Although the priory itself doesn't have any facilities, there are toilets in the village and also gift shops, a post office and cafes. The village itself can be visited by a motorised scooter or walking aid, but I wouldn't want to use either at the priory.