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
alfie50, Southwold, United Kingdom
While visiting holy island I went to the priory but was put off by the admission price, seven pounds fifty for what is some old ruins that are being propped up. Maybe I am being tight but does it need to be so much. However I took some photos and had a look from the gates, then walked up to the lookout where you get a great view of the remains of the priory and also the castle and the rest of the island. Highly recommend the views from the lookout and all it costs is a few minutes of walking.
Day trip to Lindisfarne
Christine K, Barnsley, United Kingdom
We visited Lindisfarne and after going to the castle we decided to take a look at the priory. We didn't go in as we had not enough time before the tide turned, but we were able to walk in some of the grounds and then we cllimbed the lookout tower for a birds eye view. We were able to go in the associated church, where a lovely and very knowledgeable lady explained to our grandson all about St Cuthbert and what monks did and how the priory came to be built. A beautiful place of peace. I would have like to walk across to st Cuthbert's Island but the tide was already cutting it off. Maybe next time!
Lindisfarne Priory replied: Thank your for your review. Sorry you didn't have time to visit the Priory and Museum. Maybe next time.
Full of History
Thorny61, Glossop, United Kingdom
Its a very picurescue area and the day we visited was nice and sunny. Lots of history. It must have been magnificent in its day but now its just a ruined building steeped in mythology.
Lindisfarne Priory replied: Thank you for your review. Really sorry that you were so underwhelmed by the site. I can assure you that the site is steeped in history, and not just myth, going back over 1300 hundred years. Recent digs have uncovered very exciting historical artefacts, buildings and remains helping to record the history of Lindisfarne You are so right in saying the island is very picturesque and you saw it at its best in the good weather we have been blessed with of late.
Glad I Visited..
RobinWilliamson, The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
I have always wanted to visit this place due to its historic links to the Vikings. We were staying in the area and this was one place we were definitely going to see. Checked the causeway tides and decided Sunday morning was best for us. Drove over and parked up. We were early so decided to take a walk towards Lindisfarne Castle, this doesn’t open in the winter but looked magnificent so definitely one to return for! As we arrived at the priory we were greeted by 2 very friendly English Heritage workers. We were the first people to arrive so walked down to it with one of them as she was unlocking it. We had the priory to ourselves which was great, no one else had arrived. Great visit and so much history there it’s definitely worth a trip!
Lindisfarne Priory replied: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. It is not very often you can get the Priory all to yourself!
Really interesting to learn about the history of lindisfarne at the museum and to explore the priory. We had a lovely sunny day so all better.
Lindisfarne Priory replied: Thank you. We are so pleased your enjoyed your visit. Hope you will return sometime.