10 tips for visiting Lindisfarne Holy Island in Northumberland

Last week, we loaded up the car and headed for a week camping in Northumberland. It’s a part of the country I’d never visited before, but it was such a beautiful area we’ll definitely head there again. Whilst we were there, we spent a day on Lindisfarne Holy Island. This fascinating island has great historical significance and the coastal views are stunning. Here are a few tips if you decide to visit.

1. Check the tide times before you travel

Despite being an island, Lindisfarne is accessible by road. However at high tide, the road is impassable so it is important to check safe crossing times. We stayed in Lindisfarne for most of the day, but we wouldn’t have been able to stay much longer due to the tides.

2. The castle is closed for renovation throughout 2017

Lindisfarne Castle is a National Trust property located right on the coast. The castle has a fascinating history. There was a fort there from 1550, it was transformed into a luxury residence in Edwardian times and has been under the care of the National Trust since 1944. Major renovation work is currently taking place at the castle, which will reopen to the public in April 2018. The gardens, lime kilns and shop remain open.

3. The island is dog friendly

Lindisfarne island is a great place to visit with dogs. There are plenty of places to eat and drink both indoors and out where dogs can join you. Dogs are allowed on the beaches all year round and there are some lovely walks to do with them.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

4. Accommodation books up fast

It is possible to stay on the island, but there is a limited amount of accommodation and it’s a popular place to stay. There is a useful accommodation list and it’s worth booking well in advance because everywhere is likely to be full in peak season. This makes it even more imperative that you ensure you’re back at the causeway in time to leave the island as there will be nowhere to stay if you’re stuck.

5. A minibus is available from the car park

There is a large car park on the island, from which it will take about 10 minutes to walk to the village. However, if you’re not able to walk then don’t let this put you off, as a minibus runs regularly from the car park into the village.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

6. Lindisfarne priory has events for children during school holidays

The ruins of the Lindisfarne priory are owned by English Heritage. Visitors can look around and learn about the history of the priory. However if the ruins themselves don’t appeal to children, it’s worth timing your visit to coincide with one of the regular storytelling events. We didn’t have time to go and listen to the stories, but it looked like the children in there were having a brilliant time.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

7. Stop and enjoy the view

The coast of Lindisfarne is a great place for a picnic. The views over the coast are quite spectacular. There is also a lookout tower, which used to be the coastguard’s vantage point. These days visitors are able to go up into the tower to see the stunning view.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

8. Perfect for rock-pooling

The beaches have both sandy areas and rocky outcrops. These are perfect for rock-pooling, in fact we spotted more creatures there than I’ve ever seen in rock-pools. We found sea snails, a variety of crabs including hermit crabs, some little fish and even a comb jelly. Having recently read a blog post about these, I was fascinated to watch the bioluminescent lights moving through them as they fed.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

9. Try the mead

As we were walking through the village, my husband spotted the winery showroom selling Lindisfarne mead. This reminded him of a recommendation from a colleague to try it, so that’s exactly what we did. It’s an alcoholic drink with a sweet taste unlike anything I’ve tried before, but we have spent a few pleasant evenings sampling it. I can confirm that it’s rather delicious.

10. Look out for wildlife

The biodiversity on Lindisfarne has led to it being classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). You can spot a variety of rare plants and birds on the island in various different habitats from sand dunes to mudflats to salt marsh to name a few. Whilst this makes it a fascinating place to visit, it also means you need to take extra care to ensure that dogs are kept under control and you stick to the marked paths.

Lindisfarne Holy Island is located off the North East Coast of England in the United Kingdom. It is a site of special scientific interest with stunning views, fascinating wildlife and places of historical interest to visit. The island is dog friendly and is a great place to visit for families with children to visit as well.

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16 Comments

  1. June 7, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Ahh! I live in Northumberland a lot further down the coast though. It is beautiful up here!
    It looks like you had a great trip. I have never actually visited Holy Island but do want to.
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    • monsterid June 11, 2017 / 7:40 am

      Oh gosh, you really should visit. It was a beautiful day out but we were very lucky with the weather, I can imagine that helped a lot!
      Nat.x

  2. June 8, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    Great post Nat. I’m so excited that you saw a comb jelly too! Thanks for the reference 🙂 Lindisfarne looks amazing – some of our Viking friends go up their for an event every year, what a fantastic location 🙂
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    • monsterid June 11, 2017 / 7:33 am

      Thanks Maz, I was so glad that I’d read your post so I knew what they were!
      Nat.x

  3. June 9, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    What a beautiful place Nat! I’ve never been before and this makes me want to go. I love the idea of rock pooling, I used to love doing this as a child x

    • monsterid June 11, 2017 / 7:32 am

      You’d love it Laura, best rock pooling ever!
      Nat.x

  4. June 12, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I have been wanting to visit Lindisfarne again for a while, but whenever we are down that way the tides aren’t right. Thank you for letting me know about the castle, I would hate to tell the kids we are visiting it and it;s shut. 🙂 x

  5. June 12, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Lindisfarne is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for ages, and your post makes it sound even more enticicng. Historical monuments AND mead – what more could you want?

  6. June 12, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love how this is dog-friendly! And a good reminder about the tides. My husband was caught out in Devon with our dog and ended up having to climb a sharp cliff face! 3 hours later he wandered back in – just as I was about to get very worried! Holy Island looks picture perfect!

  7. June 13, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I have never been here – it looks beautiful. And your dog looks like it had fun! #familytraveltips

  8. June 14, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I love Holy Island and haven’t visited for years, am sure my kids would love it too. Had forgotten how much there is to see and do! #familytraveltips

  9. June 18, 2017 / 8:15 am

    These are great tips – especially about the tides and accommodation, it wouldn’t be good to get caught out! It looks a beautiful place to visit.
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  10. June 20, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    This sounds like a popular place to visit and it’s great to have tips from a fellow blogger. #familytraveltips

    • monsterid July 10, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      Thank you, it’s a lovely place.
      Nat.x

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