Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Lindisfarne Priory Reviews: 4.5/5

Lindisfarne Priory
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
About
Please note that due to the tidal causeway opening hours will vary. Make sure to check the website for full details regarding our opening hours. English Heritage is a Charitable Trust taking care of over 400 historic sites throughout England. Lindisfarne Priory is one of these very precious sites. A substantial site where almost 1400 years ago St. Aidan, brought here by King Oswald, chose Lindisfarne to build his church and bring Christianity to the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria. Follow those years through our museum and exhibition and then walk through St. Mary's churchyard to the dramatic ruins where you can walk in the footsteps of the monks who inhabited this 12C Priory and monastic buildings. Last entry to Lindisfarne Priory is 1 hour before closing time. Hours of opening may vary due to the tides. For your own safety please check the tide times carefully.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK4,910 contributions
Well preserved ruins
Nov 2021 • Solo
Beautiful place, well preserved, shame it wasn’t open as it’s mid week but you could still see enough & read about it & just try to appreciate how amazing it is that we still have this available to appreciate!
Written November 24, 2021
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Crail28
Crail, UK89 contributions
Peaceful Visit
Nov 2021 • Couples
I hadn’t really read much about Lindisfarne so it was a lovely surprise to arrive and discover such a quaint place! It was a stunning day and everywhere looked stunning. It was busy but not uncomfortably so but I imagine it might get very busy at the height of the summer.
The priory itself was steeped in history and well worth seeing. We will be back.
Written November 21, 2021
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Steve A
Balsall Common, UK201 contributions
Abbey ruins
Nov 2021 • Couples
We visited the abbey ruins in November when it was open at the weekends. Well cared for ruins that you can walk around with information boards at appropriate points. Weather was nice on the day of our visit, but I can imagine it might be different experience with rain/high winds normally associated with this time of year. It does however give you an idea of how challenging it might have been to live there in such an exposed environment.
Written November 17, 2021
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Ronni L
Sittingbourne, UK172 contributions
Atmospheric ruins
Nov 2021
We came here in November, when the museum is closed and you can't get entry to the Priory- we looked in through the fence, and down from above. Really can see how it worked- we had a sunny day too!
Written November 12, 2021
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N D
Lincolnshire, UK869 contributions
Small Site
Oct 2021 • Couples
The priory is quite small and has a small museum to visit as well. It doesn’t open until 10 and you can buy tickets online, even if you are a member.
We have been to much bigger sites with more to see. We visited this and the castle and our visit was completed inside 2 and a half hours.
Wrap up warm!
Written October 21, 2021
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Cathy W
Edinburgh, UK168 contributions
Not to be missed
Jul 2021 • Couples
No visit to the Holy Isle is complete without visiting this place. It helps bring to life the religious community that thrived here for centuries. Excellent museum as well as ruined priory and grounds.
Written October 16, 2021
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Thank you for this lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written October 19, 2021
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Wendy P
1 contribution
Our visit far exceeded expectations
Oct 2021
Much more than we expected thanks to a lovely member of staff, Tina, who was so engaging and informative. We received a warm welcome into the small exhibition and then guided out to the Priory where our questions were all answered with a lot of added information . We will be back to see the new exhibition and to spend some more time in this peaceful beautiful sanctuary.
Written October 15, 2021
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Thank you for your excellent review. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing again in the future.
Written October 19, 2021
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Harry M
4 contributions
Priory lovely. Public toilets a disgrace.
Oct 2021 • Solo
The 1st thing you do when you arrive is park your car in the public carpark and pay to park. £4. Then you walk into the lovely quaint village. There are sign throughout telling you to social distance and wash your hands due to COVID and I can’t argue with that. You then get to the museum and the Priory and have to pay a hefty £9. The Priory is a ruin but is very interesting. However why this review only gives the experience 1 star is the DISGUSTING public toilets. They are a disgrace. People of Lindisfarne should be ashamed that guests are treated to the most disgusting toilets I think I’ve ever seen. So much for the “wash your hands” signs. No soap, no towels, no hot water. Disgusting dirty urinals and horrible toilets. People of Lindisfarne you have a lovely village, you have a beautiful island and you ruin it but insulting your guests with the most horrendous toilets. GET YOU ACT TOGETHER.
Written October 13, 2021
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We are sorry that your visit to the island was such a disappointment but this is the review page is for Lindisfarne Priory not the whole of the island! The car park and the toilets are run by Northumberland County Council so please complain to them. As a charity, English Heritage are very grateful for each and every admission or membership acquired as this enables us to look after and preserve over 400 historic sites across England for generations to come. Many of these sites are free to everyone to visit. Our staff are dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable. Unfortunately your low rating only reflect our performance.
Written October 19, 2021
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withouttnekids
Kefalonia115 contributions
Amazing place in a wonderful location
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very friendly helpful staff informative and well laid out visitor centre . The priory itself was beautiful and tranquil we were blessed with wonderful weather . Amazing to think about what a wonderful building this would have been if not for Henry Vlll . How did they manage all the stone work etc
Written October 5, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review. Yes, it is amazing to think about all the beautiful stone buildings that survive today. The craftsmanship is sometimes beyond comprehension. The Priory Church survived to circa 1700 and only became a ruin after the lead was removed from the roof, letting in the weather! The stone from the monastic buildings, like many other such sites, was used for building materials on the island.
Written October 19, 2021
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Simon W
Asfordby, UK108 contributions
2000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Sep 2021
This is where Christianity was first introduced to England. The ruins of the priory are very interesting and the staff are helpful. Parts of the church are still standing, although the rest of the priory can be made out only through the stonework at ground level. The explanatory boards give an excellent picture of how the the priory worked.
Written October 4, 2021
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Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written October 19, 2021
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Lindisfarne Priory is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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