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“A nice break” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
TD15 2SE, England
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“A nice break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

What a lovely place for a short break with wonderfull views over northumberland coast with berwick to the north and bamburgh castle to the south, some very nice shops and very friendly people, Also lovely walks in the fresh sea air.

Visited March 2013
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“Holy Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

I have visited Holy Island many times. It is magic. Its sense of history, association with Sts Aidan and Cuthbert,, the Priory the Castle give it a wonderful feeling of power , or belonging. Yes its is cold and windswept, so bring warm clothes and good boots. yes look out for the tides, especially when coming off the Island on a rising tide; it comes in faster than you think.. Yes do walk across the pilgrims path to the Island, but leave an extra hour either end on the official times. Remember there are two phases on Holy Island, when the tide is out the visitors come. When the tide is in, the place is empty. So come if you can for a high tide, and stay till the tide goes down. See the priory, St Marys church, the castle, the lime kilns and caves, and go for a walk on the North Sea side of the island and you will be completely alone with the birds.. Then come back for a good meal and drink in any one of the extremely friendly pubs on the island, the crown and anchor, the Ship or the Lindisfarne Arms. And on Easter Sunday morning after the morning service watch the pilgrims singing and dancing in the streets.

Visited April 2012
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

A day out, blew the cobwebs away, went in the castle had a good walk around, priory , shop and toilets there plus pub and cafe. Lovely oasis in beautiful Northumberland. Beware of the tides!

Visited February 2013
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“Dave's review”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

One cannot get bored of visiting this wonderful island. Can fully recommend the walk around the the top end of the island to the "pyramid" The castle is certainly worth visiting, the priory although interesting can be seen from the church yard without actually entering.

Visited February 2013
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“Lindisfarne a magical place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Ive visited the island many times in all kinds of weather and have always had a wonderful day. First thing I will say is Check the Safe Crossing times! This is extremely important. The drive along the causeway is special in its own right. Parking is easy and plentiful, as you arrive at the island the car park is the first thing you come across. Designated disabled parking is well signposted and is in the centre of the village. Parking is pay and display so make sure you have change as the nearest shop is in the village.
The Priory has a small museum attached which tells the story of St Cuthbert and Christianity in the area. The Priory and Museum is ran by English Heritage. The Priory is beautiful and has some lovely views towards the Castle and harbour. You can really use your imagination here and whatever the weather it is beautiful. Don't forget to visit the Church next to the Priory, St Marys Parish Church. There are plenty of pubs serving good food and plenty of shops selling local produce and souvenirs.
The walk to Lindisfarne Castle is a lovely walk and gives you a wider view of the island along with spectacular views to the mainland. The castle is not wheelchair accessible and is entered via a moderately steep winding path. The castle is ran by the National Trust. The castle itself is really a fortified house. It is compact but really gives you an idea of what living there must have been like. All rooms are furnished and you are able to walk around them to investigate, there are notes on items of furniture asking you not to sit, touch etc so if there is no note you're free to explore. The rooms are numbered and if you follow the directions on the walls or in your leaflet you will avoid getting stuck on stairways etc when its busy. I can understand why the castle has not been made wheelchair accessible as the passageways and many rooms in the castle are too narrow to take a wheelchair so even if there was access to the entrance you wouldnt be able to physically get in. This also goes for pushchairs or prams. You will be told to leave them at the entrance. Many places are critised for not changing access but this is one place where its just not possible.
If you have the time take a walk to the lime kilns just below the castle and then follow the coastline to view the old quarry.
During the summer take a picnic, or enjoy tea and a cake outside a cafe or hotel on the island.
During the winter wrap up warm and take a brisk walk around the island and enjoy a cosy pub lunch.
Opening times of the attractions vary depending on the season and local school holidays.

Visited February 2013
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