Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Holy Island: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Brian S
Louth, UK7 contributions
Beautiful Island
Oct 2021 • Couples
Beautiful Island. Always wanted to visit and wasn’t disappointed! Stunning scenery, both land and sea.
The castle was very very interesting and lots of info available. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Stating the obvious but do watch tide times crossing the causeway.
Written October 18, 2021
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David H
1 contribution
Visit here: If you want to risk yourself and your family!
Oct 2021
If you want to go to watch the amazing birds whether you are alone or with your family go somewhere else for your own safety. THIS IS NOT A SAFE SPACE FOR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY. Why? I took my young children birdwatching then a lone gunman appeared out of nowhere on the northside of the causeway and began firing at flocks of wild migrant geese. He then began to stalk towards the causeway before firing more shots 10 yards from the road. He got picked up and taken to the island for more shooting. There were more gunmen out there too (shots were fired). My children were horrified and in tears, they were excited to see geese they had not seen, only to see someone with a shotgun firing at them 20 yards away - it was a trial to talk to them as I couldn't reassure them they were safe. We had to leave they were so scared. So, if you want to risk your life and your children's lives go to Lindisfarne Nature Reserve. It's outrageous that a place that invites people to walk and see the wildlife would allow gunmen to fire around you - they literally could be anyone! Someone could easily get shot and killed. Instead of spending your money here, go elsewhere where it is safe for you and your family and they do not allow and encourage such ridiculous activities. The geese where nice when they were not floating dead in the water.
Written October 15, 2021
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Graham R
Honiton, UK304 contributions
Bird bonanza
Oct 2021
This is a brilliant island. In autumn, it is home to a variety of ducks, geese and waders. It is also a magnet for tourists for other reasons, such as the castle and priory. In consequence, the island can be very busy, especially in good weather. Access to the island is restricted by the tides so take care to study the tide tables otherwise you may be marooned! Car parking is ample and the island can be accessed soon after the tide is ebbing enough to expose the causeway crossing. However, parking is not cheap at £4.50 for 3 hours.
The vicarage garden, which is private, attracts migrants. Fortunately, the garden wall is at just the right height to stabilise your binoculars. There is a donation box on the wall to test the conscience of birdwatchers.
The dog restrictions are most welcome. After all, this is a National Nature Reserve.
Written October 11, 2021
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withouttnekids
Kefalonia115 contributions
Truly wonderful
Oct 2021 • Couples
We picked up a booklet from the machine by the toilets for £1 and it was well worth it .Fortunately we had great weather to enjoy the beautiful walk around the island . We too a few detours to walk by the sea and enjoy the views . We were lucky to see a family of deers among the dunes too which was a surprise .We saw seals by the harbour and also because we stayed 2 nights saw the Milky Way and loads of stars .
A truly peaceful relaxing place despite the many visitors around the village the reserve Not so busy .
Written October 5, 2021
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PHILLORD89
BERWICK UPON TWEED3 contributions
DOG RESTRICTIONS ON NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND BEACHES
Aug 2021
Hi. Want to bring your dog to Northumberland...... check out the 1.5 metre lead dog restrictions on North Northumberland beaches and total ban on others on the Lindisfarne blog site
Written August 5, 2021
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liz-TA
High Wycombe, UK88 contributions
A quiet serene place to visit
Jul 2021
We had an enjoyable visit to the Island. Upon arrival, we did the coastal walk around the Island, which was lovely and quiet. Sadly we didn't get in to the Castle as tickets had sold out (these were sold out for the whole week so I would recommend booking well in advance if that is an option). The Castle gardens were part of our walk and this was free. Super fragrant and lovely. We visited the Priory, which was good. We also saw seals in the sea. You will need to be mindful of the tide times for driving across to the Island.
Written July 28, 2021
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Live Life To The Full
Maidstone, UK1,366 contributions
Enjoyed The Visit
Jul 2021
We visited the island on a guided coach tour. We were told we only had about 1 hour there due to the tide on the day, which was a bit disappointing.

There is a church, the prior and a castle to visit if you have time. The priory and castle are National Trust I believe, so if you are not a member you will have to pay.

I managed to get to the castle and walk around, as well as a quick look at the bit of the priory you could see without paying before we had to leave. I must say it was a rush though.

Glad I have been there, shame we didn't have more time.
Written July 27, 2021
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waltselby
Sheffield, UK96 contributions
Back to Nature
Jul 2021
We had 3 fabulous days here you can walk to your hearts content. Wild life in particular Seals and Sea Birds are abundant around the island.
Written July 23, 2021
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK772 contributions
Too popular?
May 2021 • Couples
It’s been many years since last my visit to Holy Island and I was shocked at the number of visitors. Just half an hour into the safe crossing window the car park was full, people were thronging the streets and the paths to the castle and priory. Had this been because the low tide was from a very convenient 10.00-18.00? According to the man selling from a stall in the road, not at all, it’s every day.
If this is a typical day midweek, outside the main summer period how will the island cope during the school holidays with millions of Britons forced to take a ‘staycation’?
Our intention was to walk the Nature Reserve circuit and, as predicted, the crowds thinned out away from the castle. It’s a pleasant walk with wide open vistas, birds included kestrel, swallows, pipits and skylarks, the meadows were covered with purple orchids and we spotted a deer in the wetland.
Facilities on Lindisfarne were disappointing. There are no toilets in the main car park, those in the coach park were closed and replaced with a row of horrible chemical toilets and the other public toilets close to the priory were decades old and very poorly maintained- one washbasin with a cold tap, no soap or hand drying provision. Considering the county council collects £7 per car (over 3hrs) there’s little investment for tourists.
Written June 16, 2021
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Chris A
Bury St. Edmunds, UK177 contributions
Fantastic island
May 2021 • Couples
What a stunning island, so much bigger than I expected and so beautiful. Plus some great walks and superb views, can’t praise it enough. We will be back
Written June 9, 2021
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