Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:15 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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  • Martin B
    Liverpool, United Kingdom282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Lindisfarne
    As with Bamburgh and Berwick-Upon-Tweed, first time back here since 2019, and still a lovely place to visit. Walked along the coastel path to the nature reserve, via the sand dunes, and what great walk it is. Saw some deers and quite a few hairy caterpillers nesting in the grass, had to look very carefully to see them. Walked as far as Emmanuel Head and the small beach near there, spent over 2 hours there. Really lovely. Then walked back along the coastel path back to the village for coffee and cake. Spent the last hour sitting at the harbour enjoying the view towards the castle. All in all, very enjoyable day out.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 20, 2023
  • jez09
    412 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil
    It's lovely to be in a place where the animals run wild and aren't afraid of humans. There are so many birds here. The wind feels alive. The sea sighs with life. It's the humans who encroach upon their home here. It's just lovely.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • dsh
    Fife, United Kingdom100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walks with the wildlife
    The Holy Island is a stunning place to visit with all its religious history and Viking attacks attracting may visitors, the Nature Reserve is the more peaceful and quiet part of the island which incorporates a mix of landscapes in such a small space. Head from the carpark and you soon walking on sand dunes but if you walk past the castle and into the Reserve you walk past farming fields on the coast path and towards the mysterious Pyramid which sits next to a deserted beach. Wildlife is everywhere and the views are stunning, well worth a few hours walking around but remember to watch the tide times...
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Richard G
    Norwich, United Kingdom406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant day
    A great place to visit but plan your trip carefully because tides cover road.. A really unspoiled reserve. Plenty of places to purchase food from vans to pubs. National trust property worth a visit. Priory at £11 each given a MISS. The toilets in the centre are disgusting and you would have thought with all the revenue from the car parks they could do much better,
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Janeylou D
    Camberley, United Kingdom67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birds, beaches, bugs and fossils.
    After spending a couple of hours at the abbey ruins (see my other review) we decided to visit the castle ... but didn't quite make it there as I was rather distracted by the huge hide. We went in and were immediately treated to a linnet coming to bathe in the small pool in front of the large glass windows. After his departure, a meadow pipit strutted his stuff along the ledge outside the window, clearly watching us as we were watching his antics, secure in the knowledge that he couldn't be touched. He then hopped onto the floating algae and used it as a raft as he performed his bathing routine, clearly enjoying splashing water at the glass as he did. We could hear curlews in the distance and we were never far from starlings, sparrows, swallows and house martins. After this we decided to head to the castle but decided that it was too peopley as the influx from the causeway traffic was starting to come in waves. (We had cut it fine and got over just before high water which afforded us a few hours of relative peace before the massive tourist overspill onto the island). Well worth taking notice of tide times. As everyone seemed to be making a beeline for the castle, we turned right and clambered down onto the pile of rocks, rubble and seaworn stones that passes as the beach. Best decision ever! The rockpools were full of life. The flora was healthy. The seaweed and bladderwrack was slimy (watch your step) and we were joined by a small shrew that wasn't wary of us at all but darted over the warm rocks, filling its face with sandflies and other insecta that didn't get away fast enough. Any geologists would probably life their best life here, too. So many crinoid fossils amongst the stones as well as some rather excellent sea-tumbled volcanic rock. Something for everyone here.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Cookieboy
    Dereham, United Kingdom64 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing best enjoyed when the causeway is closed.
    The reserve is well sign posted with a range of walks from easy to more demanding routes. Wear sensible shoes of course and take wet weather gear. The views are good even if the wildlife are a little shy. Although we saw plenty to enjoy. A lovely less demanding walk is to the white daylight ships navigation aid that can be seen from the castle.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Dave Puls
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always amazing to walk on Holy Island
    After many visits to Holy Island, the natural beauty of Lindisfarne never disappoints. Amazing at all times of year and in all tides. We walked from the main car park to the village, then over to St Cuthbert's Isle, up the Heugh, down to the harbour and over to the castle, then back via a quiet inland footpath. Fantastic.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
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Graham R
Honiton, UK387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
A beautiful place to visit at different times of the day, dependant on the tides. We saw numerous birds including curlew, gulls, later catchers, redshank, etc etc. The reflections and different natural lights give an amazing sense of drama, very atmospheric. Especially enjoyed a early evening visit.
Written September 6, 2020
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Live Life To The Full
Penwortham, UK1,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tracey P
Leeds, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
A wonderful walk around an island that has sand dunes, white sandy beaches that you can have all to yourself, huge rockpools that will keep children amused for hours. It's an island full of history that can make your imagination run away with you. There's a lovely wildness that is home to a variety of birds and plants and so many paths that can be taken to explore this amazing place. £8 for a full days parking so if you take a packup it's an extremely good value day out. I would highly recommend this as a place to visit.
Written May 9, 2022
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Janeylou D
Camberley, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
After spending a couple of hours at the abbey ruins (see my other review) we decided to visit the castle ... but didn't quite make it there as I was rather distracted by the huge hide. We went in and were immediately treated to a linnet coming to bathe in the small pool in front of the large glass windows. After his departure, a meadow pipit strutted his stuff along the ledge outside the window, clearly watching us as we were watching his antics, secure in the knowledge that he couldn't be touched. He then hopped onto the floating algae and used it as a raft as he performed his bathing routine, clearly enjoying splashing water at the glass as he did. We could hear curlews in the distance and we were never far from starlings, sparrows, swallows and house martins.

After this we decided to head to the castle but decided that it was too peopley as the influx from the causeway traffic was starting to come in waves. (We had cut it fine and got over just before high water which afforded us a few hours of relative peace before the massive tourist overspill onto the island). Well worth taking notice of tide times. As everyone seemed to be making a beeline for the castle, we turned right and clambered down onto the pile of rocks, rubble and seaworn stones that passes as the beach. Best decision ever! The rockpools were full of life. The flora was healthy. The seaweed and bladderwrack was slimy (watch your step) and we were joined by a small shrew that wasn't wary of us at all but darted over the warm rocks, filling its face with sandflies and other insecta that didn't get away fast enough.

Any geologists would probably life their best life here, too. So many crinoid fossils amongst the stones as well as some rather excellent sea-tumbled volcanic rock.

Something for everyone here.
Written August 13, 2023
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withouttnekids
Kefalonia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dawn L
Ringwood, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Ok so my only advice is, make sure you check tidal times so you can cross causeway and that anything else you want to see, priory, castle and/or winery is open before setting off. That said we walked around the island, we did approx 7.5kms including priory and it was such a great walk, views were great. We stopped at a little cafe and filled our tanks with much needed sustenance and wandered a bit more around this delightful island. Look out for the organic ice cream shop which also sells fudge, the sour raspberry and ginger ice cream was superb!
Written July 5, 2022
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Julian A
Evesham, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We parked before the causeway and walked over, it was simply breathtaking, but a long way. As we were so early, an hour before the chart said the causeway was passable, there was virtually no traffic and it was very safe. Bear in mind you walk all the way in, around the town etc, and then back again. We covered 15 miles and it was fantastic.
The town itself was very nice, the toilets pretty bad, they had one way systems in place but were dirty and no hot water and the soap was empty. And this was 1st thing. As we were leaving at about 1pm it was absolutely packed, so get there early, it is worth it.
Stunning scenery and amazing, deserted beaches that go on for miles.
Written September 14, 2020
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Di R
Horncastle, UK126 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I was so saddened by our visit to this beautiful island. It is clearly aimed at the more affluent members of society or walkers, as if you arrive by car the charges begin immediately.
In a time when the government advice is to get outside & surround one’s self with nature it is quite shocking that the minimum charge for car parking is £6 for 3 hrs (the website information is incorrect).
There are many families who do not have pounds & pounds of in-disposable cash & to charge £6 for the privilege to walk the island is disgraceful.
Not particularly Christian.
Written December 31, 2023
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tobanola2019
Birmingham, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A day just isn't enough to take in all that Lindisfarne has to offer. A spectacular castle, spiritual priory, carribbean beating beaches, nature galore ... this is a MUST for anyone visiting Northumberland! Forget other off shore causeway islands, Lindisfarne shines brighter than all. Perfection!
Written April 9, 2023
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