Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle
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  • lizrobmax
    Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom82 contributions
    Historical,interesting and eerie
    Interesting and historical . Lovely views although we visited on a very murky day. Abbey ruins were lovely and very interesting The car park said no vehicles over 3.5 tonnes but we parked out motorhome in there with no issues which is 4 tonnes. Think if u parked a Winnibago in there you may have a problem Lots of places to eat . Lots of walking and undulated ground
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 14, 2022
  • Bex_Stew
    91 contributions
    Interesting but small/crowded property
    Smaller and a bit different to most national trust properties. We enjoyed our visit and glad we went but it’s quite small and was very crowded due to the number of visitors. As members, we are happy that we made the effort to visit but I’m not sure I’d pay to go if not a member. The staff, however, were excellent - so welcoming, informative and brilliant with our children (special mention to Kevin who was just inside the entrance hall of the castle). The sound exhibition with all the speakers I found odd and out of place unfortunately
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • RobfromTorquay
    Torquay, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Unique. But presentation needs to be improved
    A unique building. We’ve always wanted to see it and this time the tides worked for us. We loved the setting, the views, the remarkable castle and its history. Just two comments. The majority of the explanatory notices posted around the building seem to be comments by Lytton Strachey. It’s clear he disliked the place and was more than happy to say so. It’s a shame that such prominence is given to his views when there are so many others whose played a positive and interesting part in the story of this extraordinary place. Secondly it’s perplexing that whilst access to the castle (for visitors and presumably staff as well) is determined by the tides, the Trust relies solely on the clock. The castle’s opening hours - and days - are the same every week, regardless of the times when people can actually get there! Some flexibility would help!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Roy V
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom623 contributions
    Great location and views but nothing to see inside
    There were plenty of staff evident from their NT shirts but not all were keen to engage with visitors who had trudged up the road from the car park. Only when we arrived did we discover that blue badge holders could be delivered to the castle gate. Information boards were also distinctly lacking. Having walked up the steep entrance hiil, the location and views were clearly 5*, but inside was drab and uninteresting. One lady staff member or volunteer stood out as helpful and deserves our thanks. Overall, we enjoyed our visit despite the difficulties of getting there! Why the NT advertise fixed opening hours, irrespective of the tide times is rediculous. We could not even find an online link to this vital information and it is not even posed on the causeway entrances!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • GrandadandPat
    Sheffield, United Kingdom32 contributions
    Go to Lindisfarne but don’t bother with the castle
    Had a lovely day at the Holy island, lovely walks, fresh air and sea. If we went again would walk up to the castle for the view but not go in saving £8.50 per person, the castle is set up as a 1910 holiday home, would have been more interested in its earlier history. Not good as National Trust have the Castle and English Heritage the Priory, why do they not merge? Plenty to do and fantastic walks.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • TauntonBob
    West Parley, United Kingdom930 contributions
    Quirky blend of Tudor and early 20th century
    We had pre booked our slot for 2.30 pm, but we were fortunate that on the day we visited, and having stayed on the island the night before, the tides were such that no one could get on to the island again until mid afternoon. This meant that we were able to actually stroll to the castle much earlier in the morning and not have to battle with hoards of people. It is a quirky blend of original castle and early 20th century holiday home, but interesting none the less. The views from the castle are stunning, and we were fortunate to also be able to see through a telescope the seal colony on a beach across the water.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • FairRev
    19 contributions
    Lovely little castle but more info boards needed
    Enjoyable family visit to this castle. It's small but interesting to explore. Would have loved more info on the different rooms through the ages. Highlight was seeing seals swimming in the sea on the approach to the castle. Recommend booking a time slot as castle can only take a few visitors at a time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2023
  • applegate69
    Bath, United Kingdom943 contributions
    If you are in the area go there
    Drive onto the island at low tide and make sure you know the high tide times!!!!!! Went straight to the car park which is very expensive £6 for 3 hours is the minimum you can have. Walked into the village and then out to the castle, we were so lucky with the weather the day we visited lovely and sunny. The castle was very interesting and quite a bit to see. The views from the top are amazing. You might be lucky to see some seals. Walked back into the village and had a famous crab sandwich from the small hut by the gift shop £5 each, however one of the local pubs was selling crab sandwiches for £13.95!!!!!!!!!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • pesue1
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom557 contributions
    Not the best
    Walked here from holy island carpark , it is bit of a climb and walk to get to and is national trust property, we were a bit disappointed as it has nothing to do with the island itself and is not actually a castle but one man's house. The time it took to get there would have been better spent in lindisfarne priory, but the views are spectacular. This is just my opinion.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Jane R
    1 contribution
    Disgusting toilets
    Disgusting toilets - without doubt Lindisfarne is fabulous, very atmospheric etc. However it is not pleasant to arrive and discover that one toilet block has no running water for handwashing and the other block near the Priory visitor centre had toilets with overflowing from the cisterns in both the Ladies and Gents. We pay a relatively significant amount to park, so I don't think it's unreasonable to expect decent clean toilets. Goodness only knows where anyone would have hygienically changed a baby.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
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Ian M
Chester, UK15 contributions
Jul 2021
You need to pre-book tickets that are made available on the Friday of the week before your visit. But beware this is a very hit and miss affair. Tickets go on sale via the National Trust mobile app BEFORE they become available on the main website. We were told they go on sale at one minute past midnight but nothing appeared on the website. We tried via the app at 7.30 only to find that the best times had all sold out. Still nothing on the website !
Written July 2, 2021
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Terry H
Ruislip, UK248 contributions
Sep 2021
The castle enjoys an imposing position as you make your way on foot from the car park. The walk is quite steep so be aware of this. We pre-booked our time slot and had tickets so were able to go straight in. There must have been about 20 people in front of us that had not booked and were being turned away. If you are making the effort to visit, then be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid being disappointed (you can only book 2 weeks in advance of your visit but it is worth doing!!). The castle itself was interesting but there is not loads to see, so I would recommend booking tickets for Lindisfarne Priory as well. We were in and out in about 45 minutes. The views from the castle are amazing so if you have binoculars, be sure to bring them with you. If the weather is good, as it was on our visit, you will be able to see for miles around
Written September 19, 2021
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B Jones
59 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
My husband and I visited today, neither of us have been since the late 1970s so our memories of the island were somewhat non existent to say the least. We didn’t do any research before we visited as we weren’t going to bother due to the tide times, but as we were nearby at 3.15pm just as the causeway appeared again, off we went. The first issue was the price of the car park. Due to it being late afternoon we only wanted a quick look round for an hour and then go. However, the minimum amount of time is 3 hours for a rate of £6, which we felt was expensive. We had no choice but to pay £6 and got 2 and half hours for that, until 6pm, when the car parking becomes free. Why can’t you have an hour, two hours etc at a cheaper price?? Anyway we walked into the village, it was very busy as it was half term holidays. It is a very long walk to the Castle and uphill. We’re not classed as disabled but have other issues that make walking distance painful, we were therefore unable to visit the castle. There is another car park in the village that is slightly nearer, but the charge here is £8.50 for 4 hours minimum. We were then left to look round outside the ruins of the priory and a shop that sold nothing worth bothering about. In our ignorance, we both thought the monks still lived on the island and made the mead. They don’t. English Heritage charge expensive rates to go in the museum and priory (nothing outside about ticket prices, you have to go in to find out you’re being ripped off) and National Trust run the castle. No idea of the charge for that, but will no doubt be expensive as well. Was interested in buying some mead for a gift, but never saw the brewery shop and no clue if it was there or not. All in all, we spent the hour we wanted, saw nothing much and went home after paying for 3 hours car parking for £6.06 as it’s one of those parking app machines to pay on line etc, even they charge a 6p admin fee. No doubt lots of people find this place very interesting, but we found it overpriced and not worth the bother.
Written May 31, 2023
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,401 contributions
Oct 2020
Not so far from Lindisfarne Priory, just on the other side of the bay there's small fort nestled at the top of the rocky outcrop. Constructed in second half of the 16th century, few decades after dissolution of Benedictine monastery of Holy Island, Lindisfarne Castle's main function was to protect northern border against possible Scottish invasion. History of the castle built on the highest point of the island, a hill called Beblowe Crag, was rather uneventful. Castle was just briefly occupied by Scots during Jacobite Rising of 1745. After suppression of the uprising, castle served as a coastguard look-out, and then at, the beginning of 20th century castle became property of Edward Hudson, who had it refurbished, and since 1944 the castle and its surroundings are in care of National Trust. The castle is rather a modest enterprise, however picturesquely situated, at the top of the swept by the winds rock. Heavy downpour has created strange halo around the castle which looked quite eerily. Unfortunately, the castle's interiors weren't available to visitors. Still, despite the weather, I had a nice walk all around the small fort.
Written March 24, 2021
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FrescoFrills
Belfast29 contributions
Aug 2021
Great location and stunning views of the island and mainland coast. Very welcoming, friendly and informative staff. However, it was a pith that only one room was furnished - apparently the other rooms were emptied to allow for other creative reuses. However, the Timescape installation was somewhat underwhelming and more could have been done with the LIDAR survey as regards interpretation and as a basis for 3-D depictions of the castle's development. Although there is a downloadable smartphone guide, I'd have preferred a basic paper guide as I find them more convenient to refer to during a tour. These reservations aside, the castle is definitely well worth a visit, as are the nearby lime kilns and walled garden, a riot of colour at our time of visit (also NT).
Written August 3, 2021
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Paul R
Wellingborough, UK766 contributions
Sep 2021
The castle creates a striking image, jutting perkily out from one end of this historic and beautiful island.
It doesn't look much like most other castles, externally and if it reminded me of anywhere it was St.Michael's Mount in Cornwall.
It is an easy, flat half mile walk from the heart of Lindisfarne village and the ascent into the castle itself is not as vertiginous as it looks from a distance.
Inside, the castle is as atmospheric and full of interest as any I've visited. The feeling of age is palpable, with dark, vaulted rooms and beautiful period furniture. The eccentric tastes of the various inhabitants - especially the most recent - are reflected in the many oddities of decor and furnishing.
The roof terraces afford spectacular views over the island, the coast and the ocean, in a 360 degree panorama that is full of notable features.
At the time I visited, a hauntingly brilliant light and sound installment was active in the castle, conducting the visitor through a ghostly and ethereal facsimile of the castle, its rooms, furnishings, dungeons and foundations. Really compelling.
This is a must for any visitor to this part of the country.
Written September 24, 2021
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JamboDerbyshire
Whaley Bridge, UK103 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a great time exploring the castle. As is the case at all their properties, the National Trust staff were helpful and informative. There are a number of rooms dressed with exhibits and a fascinating film of the 3D images taken whilst the castle was closed for repairs. Wonderful views from the upper battery. Allow plenty of time for the walk there and back. We had pre-booked to visit later in the afternoon and had the added bonus of watching the seals in the water as we walked back to the village.
Written July 30, 2021
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PaulineS
Auckland, New Zealand86 contributions
Dec 2019
Stunningly beautiful on a blue sky calm day. Very quiet, felt like we had the place to ourselves. Had to be up early as needed to be back to the mainland by 11am, other wise would be stuck for the whole day on Lindisfarne. The priory and castle weren’t open but that didn’t matter as the walking and scenery are spectacular
Written January 9, 2020
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Dankatem31
Skipton, UK173 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Being National Trust members we tried to book online the week before we visited, it was fully booked up which was probably down to the time of year being so busy and Covid restrictions being in place.
Not to worry we walked around the perimeter of the island and around the castle which looks stunning and built in a dramatic location. The weather was perfect for exploring and we had a great day on the island. We will return and hopefully get to see inside the castle next time.
Written August 17, 2021
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ianwarne
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK4 contributions
Jul 2022
As National Trust members this was one of the local sites we have not visited, mainly because of it's location on the island.
Having arrived on Lindisfarne as the tide closed in we were looking forward to visiting the castle.
We were greeted by friendly NT staff, who were very interested in our membership cards!
The castle itself is steeped in history, but very different history compared to other castles we have visited. The £3.4m has been well spent and will keep the building standing for years to come and allow many thousands more visitors to come.
The staff in side the castle were excellent, able to provide lots of information about previous owners and guests.
The current art installation may not suit everyone but there are some interesting words written by people about their thoughts on the castle.
We look forward to visiting again and thank you to the staff who made the visit worthwhile and interesting.
Written July 27, 2022
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