Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle
Holy Island
TD15 2SH

+44 01289 389244

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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 

Ticketing and entry prices for Lindisfarne Castle

Type Entry for Guide price
Single 1
per ticket
Child 1
per ticket
Family 1
per ticket
Single 1
per ticket
Child 1
per ticket
Family 1
per ticket

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

Dates & times for Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island

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Coach parking available at Lindisfarne Castle Historic sites Attraction Coach parking available
In coach park in the village
Credit / debit cards accepted at Lindisfarne Castle Historic sites Attraction Credit / debit cards accepted
Toilet Facilities at Lindisfarne Castle Historic sites Attraction Toilet facilities
Limited facilities available
Historic/arcitectural interest at Lindisfarne Castle Historic sites Attraction Historic/architectural interest
Car parking available at Lindisfarne Castle Historic sites Attraction Car parking available
In the village 1 mile from the Castle. Pay and display, not National Trust.
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Let Down !!!

sue124079, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Having previously visited this venue a few years back and having thoroughly enjoyed it , while on holiday we decided to visit again . The Trust are in the end stages of carrying out a mamoth restoration job an amazing feat given the location of the castle. All credit must go to the trust and the workforce for undertaking this . Due to this and quite understandably all the interiors have been removed for safe keeping until completion of the work . This we have no issue with whatsoever. What we did have issue with was the supposed "Art installation" on show ! Yes Art is subjective and very much personal taste , however oak frames with dyed wool blankets thrown on , topped off with dead flowers does not for us consitute art ! No matter how many flowery words the artist uses in the video to try to convince you . I am only glad that we are members and had not had to pay the full entrance price , Repairs to these National treasures are necessary and we are grateful to the trust for doing this , what is not necessary is charging full price when there is nothing to see. There are many talented artists in the local community all of whom could have had their work displayed in the castle, thus bringing in revinue to the Lindisfarne community . In our opinion the trust have not done themselves any favours keeping it open to see what I have in my own airing cupboard ! Our advice wait until all the interiors are returned to experience it at its best .

Furniture replaced with mess !!!

Millergirl_13, Rotherham, United Kingdom
This is a place I have visited many times. But today's visit was a joke. Now I know the reasons for the scaffolding and the restoration work. But why oh why do they have those wooden frameworks with mucky old blankets and dead flowers thrown on them ?. Apparently it's art and if your daft enough to pay £40 for a book you can see the rest of the so called art!!!. Sorry not worth visiting at the minute wait until the restoration work is finished !!!

Restoration could be interesting- 'art installation' not!

Viv C,
The castle is still going through a programme of restoration, hence it is still covered in scaffolding and the rooms were empty of furniture. This in itself would not be a problem if the NT had made the most of this opportunity. This could have been achieved by telling visitors more about the restoration and having interesting and interactive information on the conservation of the building. This could have been an exciting feature of the visit and an opportunity to inform people on conservation techniques and maybe heritage craft skills, such as stone masonry. Instead rooms are filled with an ' art installation' comprising of wooden frames with random blankets and dead flowers strewn over them and on the floors. This not only detracted from the architecture and sense of space but also made it difficult to walk around small rooms especially when it was busy. A shame really and not worth the cost for a family. Luckily we didn't have to pay because their card machine wasn't working! Come on NT, show some initiative and innovation,the staff were certainly friendly and informative enough to interact with the public rather then try and sell a poor excuse for 'art'.

National Trust Should Feel Ashamed

Mike C, Beverley, United Kingdom
Lindisfarne Castle is an interesting location in itself - a 16th Century castle that's seen little military action and which was much altered in 1901 by celebrated architect Edward Lutyens at the behest of publishing magnate Edward Hudson. Some visitors may find the Lutyens makeover to be a little jarring, even the footballer's mansion of its day, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend that anybody visiting Holy Island should make the climb to view it. The National Trust are currently undertaking a huge amount of restoration on and around the building and have removed all the furniture from the house for the duration. What an opportunity to see and feel the wonderful spaces in the house... except something truly terrible has happened. Anya Gallaci, shortlisted for a major art prize 15 years ago, has been invited to empty her shed into the spaces and to bill the National Trust for an 'art exhibition'. I'm a big fan of modern art and was intrigued to see what she'd produced, but words nearly fail me. Wooden frames with mouldering dried flowers and old blankets. Perhaps it should be entitled 'The Emperor's OLD Clothes' rather than the mealy, expensive title that Gallaci has given it. The assemblages lack any apparent explanation or relationship to the rooms and they give the impression of an emptied shop window display in a bankrupt high street store. Physically the installations are problematic in that they actually block rooms (particularly noticeable today when the house was busy), they look utterly out of place and they stop visitors from reaching some of the windows and enjoying the epic views that surely drew Hudson to the house in the first place. We were glad that we didn't pay full price to get in as the experience of the house was completely ruined. National Trust members should all email the executive board to question such a waste of hard-to-find money on a project which so thouroughly diminishes the visitor experience. I'd recommend the house but only once the renovation is complete and Gallaci's shed has reclaimed its rubbish.


John M, Norwich, United Kingdom
We visited towards the end of a huge refurbishment project. The majority of the furniture had been removed, but there were a few items to give an idea of how it would have been. The staff were excellent and very friendly, with an obvious love of the site and it’s history. The views from the castle are superb and well worth the walk to see them. The one word of caution we would voice is that the footing is uneven and care should be taken if you do go up to the castle. Otherwise, this is a beautiful building and well worth the effort to get to it.

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