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.
Ignore the moaners
We stayed on Lindisfarne Island for a week and had a wonderful view of the castle. At the time of writing it is under a protective cover, visible from the mainland, whilst undergoing renovation. If you are the sort of person that dislikes visiting a historic monument undergoing essential maintenance then there are enough visible clues to alert you prior to entering the structure. So why would anyone liable to be upset by this sort of activity voluntarily pay the entrance fee, or produce their membership card, and then write a scathing review on TripAdvisor? Perhaps some people just like the opportunity to moan in public. We fully enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning when maintenance works are complete. Doubtless there will still be something else to moan about: perhaps it will be the brand of tea supplied (“why can’t National Trust use LIDL’s own brand?”), or the lack of flowering plants in Winter, (“Why can’t NT get Alan Titchmarsh to redesign the Jekyll garden”?), or the location of the building on the South East of the island (“it would be so much more convenient if National Trust could reassemble the building closer to my camper van”) or the disappointment of not sighting an Orca catching a common seal from the battlements (“NT should liaise with David Attenborough”).
Wait Till It’s Finished
Dazff, Retford, United Kingdom
I wish we had read beforehand that the castle was under renovation, as this would have prevented our disappointment to see all of the scaffolding and cladding hiding the majority of the building. It was a lovely sunny day and extremely busy for a mid week day which rather spoilt the atmosphere. Would definitely return but only when the work is complete
I loved visiting Lindisfarne Castle for the location. It’s a beautiful atmospheric place and one of the toilets has one of the best views from a toilet that I’ve seen. But the installation in the castle didn’t do much for me, and I think even when the furniture is restored I would visit for the beauty of the place, and the exterior rather than the interior.
Overpriced with nothing to see
Stuart C, Rayleigh, United Kingdom
I very rarely give a bad review and clearly the National Trust are spending a lot of money refurbishing the castle so hopefully in time it will be much better, but as it stands the castle is covered in sheeting, there is no furniture, fittings, interpretation of any kind or information to tell you about the history of the rooms. No tea shop and the small garden had nothing in bloom. And for this they charge you £7.30 ! I appreciate it’s a work in progress but if this is the case drop the price Recommend you give this a miss and visit the wonderful priory instead
Please give the castle a miss until all of the restoration is complete and NT restore the original furniture
BlaydonBlunderer, Blaydon on Tyne
As a NT member for a number years, today is one of those times when it gets it completely wrong. If the castle is being renovated then keep it closed and only let the NT members visit when it's completed . Certainly don't let a non local 'artist' put their trash ( sorry installation of dyed blankets and oak frames) in the rooms at the expense of everything else... We visited today and learnt absolutely nothing of the history of the castle and the surrounding area. There was no information boards or any hint of the castles past. We were just glad that we used our membership cards and not wasted good money to visit empty rooms