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
Lindisfarne.. a viking returns
Icemann99, Trondheim, Norway
We arrived this time on the highway, on low water, and not with long ships from the other side, as the first time. Suppose our visit was more welcome than that in 793. It was the idyll that ruled here now. And the weather was unusually great, with blue skies and little wind. The seals, which have the largest colony in Europe here, sunbathe on some of the sandbanks on the inside of the island. If you stop and look at the road over to the island, you are sure to notice the tower that was midway. If you come too late and the water is flooding the road, there is a small hideaway with a roof and telephone line. There are often rescue operations because not everyone cares to check when it is best to drive over. It costs up to 1500 pounds to get hold of your car if it floats away. Something to think about... If you go the pilgrim trail there are some bars next to the road that show where it is. There is also a tower, but these have neither roof nor telephone line.
Well preserved and an engrossing story
greenstOat24, Macau, China
The Priory is quite a large establishment, which operated under the auspices of the diocese of Durham. While much of the building has disappeared it is still possible to visualise what it would have been like in its heyday. Great views from the ruins across the North Sea.
Fantastic day out!
We were the first to arrive at the priory and it was definitely very spooky! Atmospheric ruins, very photogenic. All staff were friendly, helpful and cheerful. That goes for all of the Holy Isle including the castle and cafes.
Holy island.....marmite place,
Karen C, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reading other reviews, we love Holy Island, but it's a marmite island..You either love it or not. A very special place to us, been visiting once a year for many years. You need to stay on Island for a couple of days, walk round the coastal path, enjoy the sea, cliffs, seals, birds, and atmosphere. A couple of hours is not enough to get to know the island.
A bit underwhelming ...
DianeKn, Solihull, United Kingdom
I had always wanted to visit Lindisfarne, so the priory was a must, but as it is not as extensive or impressive as others I've visited, and sits in between a church and a hotel, it packs a weaker punch than many other English Heritage sites. An £8 admission charge was a bit steep, especially as most of it could be viewed from the pub garden or the perimeter fence!