The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
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  • alibatty🦇
    Dundee, United Kingdom4,955 contributions
    An Early Place Of British Christianity.
    This beautiful and sublimely peaceful church is reputedly built on the site of where St. Aidan’s monastery originally stood. Parts of this building are the oldest on the island dating back to the 7th century - several hundred years before the nearby Norman priory was built. There are Saxon parts remaining , including a Saxon archway. Two 20th century stained glass windows celebrate St. Aidan & St. Cuthbert. The church was largely rebuilt in the 12th & 13 century, with the bell cote added in the 18th century. Your eye is drawn to a moving rustic elm sculpture by Fenwick Lawson ( 1999) which depicts hooded monks carrying the coffin of St. Cuthbert to the safety of Durham Cathedral. The atmosphere in this sacred place is like a long cool drink for a thirsty soul.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 30, 2023
  • David S
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom1,705 contributions
    ATMOSPHERIC AND CHARMING
    Said to stand on the site of the original island monastery, this is the oldest building on Holy Island and the only one on the island that has aspects of work from the Saxon period still incorporated. Quaint and unassuming church worth visiting. Atmospheric and charming religious gem.
    Visited April 2022
    Written April 18, 2022
  • dsh
    Fife, United Kingdom101 contributions
    Beautiful Church
    What a beautiful church the inside is stunning with the stained glass being exceptional, the graveyard around the church is well cared for and a history in its self of the good and religious throughout the centuries. The history of the island only adds to the peaceful nature now relevant inside the church. You do not need to be religious to enjoy a visit which is free for all, but please show some respect when you are their I have visited the island a number of times and unfortunately this was the only year I that I observed people walking on graves to take photographs and even stealing bool marls from inside the church rather than pay at the 'honestly' box thankfully both were challenged and apologised for the mistake.....
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
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Karl Musgrove
Burnopfield, UK152 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
A wonderful church,set alongside the priory.
Picturesque, with many ancient artifacts, including the wooden carving of the monks carrying St.Cuthberts coffin and the statue of St.Aiden in the church yard.
A tranquil place,ideal for contemplation and to light a candle for past loves ones.
Written September 1, 2022
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,369 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Worth going in if only to read the moving memorials on the walls of lost loves ones . The interior is beautiful, the information about the gospels was fascinating and the modern sculpture near the entrance makes you stop in your tracks. Simply magnificent
Written July 22, 2023
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Barrie P
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK136 contributions
May 2022
Whilst on a visit to Holy Island my wife & I visited this Church. It is a very interesting place & is so peaceful inside. Great to see the Lindisfarne Gospels, the stained glass windows, the sculpture & the array of books etc available to buy. The building appears to be well maintained & was very clean. The grounds surrounding the Church also were well maintained. Reading some of the tombstones, which were many years old, gave an insight into the lives of many of the islanders. Well worth a visit.
Written June 26, 2022
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Lorraine S
Edinburgh, UK6 contributions
Apr 2022
This is an ancient church built upon the site of the original priory established by Aiden. Lots to look at in this active, working church, the architecture, windows, sculptures, the history. Churchyard is also worth a look.
Written April 22, 2022
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Pauline O
Chichester, UK151 contributions
Aug 2020
A lovely church with such a great history. There is a splendid statue of St Aiden in the grounds. Lovely views of the castle ( which was closed during our visit to island); however Holy Island is well worth a visit, especially having had to wait for the tide to abate over the causeway to gain access to Lindisfarne.
Written September 2, 2020
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Fiona N
77 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church. Welcoming staff. A smile and a few friendly words go a long way!
Very interesting displays with good illustrations.
Has a really nice spiritual feel.
A credit to the local community.
Written August 30, 2020
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Mike B
Castle Douglas, UK31 contributions
May 2015 • Family
It is worth going to this interesting old church just to see the wooden larger-than-life carving of the monks carrying St Cuthbert's coffin. An awesome piece of work. Other features of interest include the letter from the Norwegian bishops apologising for the Viking raids!
Written May 13, 2015
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omega132857
Chichester, UK1,896 contributions
May 2021
This was a very nice church to be honest. Set in nice grounds and with views. Inside is wonderful. As churches go We loved this one. great insde too.
Written September 19, 2021
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Gary W
Seaham, UK1,147 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Sitting alongside the ruins of Lindisfarne Priory the church which dates from 1180 but the earlier church founded by St Aiden was established in AD 635.

Entry to the church yard and church are free but if you want to go into the priory entry is £5.

It’s a beautiful little church and very peaceful if you want to pop in and have a moment to yourself.

Worth a look.
Written March 15, 2020
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Der E
London, UK32 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Ancient building with lovely modern stained glass windows and a large modern sculpture. Good views of the priory.
Written May 3, 2015
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