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
Little to see
Victoria N, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Regarding the priory, this is based in the centre of the village. It is certainly an interesting spot to visit, however there isn't much remaining of the priory sadly, therefore not much to see. I believe you can pay to see a few other ruins of the priory, but again there is not a lot to see. A walk around the church nearby and graveyard is interesting, and you can actually go inside the church.
Avoid for the next year; ridiculously overpriced for current condition
This is not the first visit we've made to Lindisfarne and have fond memories but currently this is a huge disappointment. All furniture and virtually all fittings have been removed during refurbishment. I accept National Trust has to do such work but this was annoying for two reaons : (i) the bare rooms would have been made so much better if they had boards / easels with pictures of how rooms would look with furnishings and some information (ii) they are charging full entry fees before mentioning that the rooms are virtually empty - there should be a reduced rate during current works. Finally, because the rooms were empty, they have allowed a "conceptual artist" to display her work in the rooms. Others may be different but "conceptual artist" is a phrase that fills me with dread and I wasn't disappointed. If scattering bits of cloth and flowers about is art then by daughters rooms are fine art!
Kaycee J, Manchester, United Kingdom
We are English Heritage members and this ruined priory was on our must see list. Unfortunately on the day we forgot to take our membership cards. ...no problem staff were very helpful and invited us to call head office where our credentials were verified. Much of the priory can be seen from outside the boundary wall but you do get the atmosphere closer to the ruins. Will visit again in the future.
fidgylove, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Short walk from parking about 5 minutes if you park in the village parking near the toilets. To enter the priory it costs over £7 if not a heritage member. We got better views by walking up to the viewing point and looking down on the ruins.
Very average attraction
JPJP33, Gloucester, United Kingdom
The drive across to the island seems to be much of the draw to this attraction. £4.40 to park. A small village to walk round with several coffee shops. The church and priory can be viewed without further payment, but a small visitor information centre at the priory does appear very expensive. The Castle was covered in scaffolding and canvas and all the rooms were empty. Definitely not worth paying to see. This historic site has been seriously commercialised and we felt no sense of history as we walked around with the many visitors.