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“A must place to visit, try and not follow the crowds on arrival.”
Review of Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. Being a member of English Heritage or paying the admission fee makes sure that English Heritage can carry on preserving our ancient sites for generations to come. Last entry to Lindisfarne Priory is 30 minutes before closing time. Hours of opening may vary due to the tides. For your own safety please check the tide times carefully.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We have just returned from a vist to Lindisfarne, you must check the tide time prior to planning your trip and once guaranteed a dry trip; drive to the car park on the island and then walk to the village. Local produce is for sale on the way with purchases being held for the duration of your visit. We chose to separate from the initial crowd of people who had set off towards the village, unless you are unable to walk a short distance don't bother with the bus shuttle from the car park to the castle the short wak is delightful and not difficult. We were treated to the haunting sound of the seals on the way and continued to the end of of the road before heading on to the castle. Once we had visited the castle we chost to walk the circular trail beyond the castle which loops back to village and will take tyou a pleasant 2 hours with plenty of stops to admire the sea views. Returning to the village where there are plenty of coffee stops offering local cakes to fuel your onward journey; if you have travelled from Alnwick take the Coastal route south back and stop in at the many beautiful points of interest.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Just returned from an excellent day out there were over 2000 other people there to celebrate the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the area Plenty to do and see. With gift shops tea rooms museum and Castle and ruined abbey home of saints Aidan and Cuthbert
Visit the observation tower and on a cleat dat see Scotland and most of Northumberland.

BUT DO CHECK THE TIDES FOR CROSSING TIMES

Thank Ian F
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Wow, beautiful island reached by a causeway (check the tide times if you are visiting) and so well worth a visit.
As we drove up the causeway the previous night had been a high tide so there was still some water over the causeway, driving over the causeway was new to me and exciting for the teenagers !
The small town is a beautiful one and well worth a visit, I believe you can walk over too from the mainland. There are well sign posted streets and a main car park, although we parked near the priory and along side the shop that sold mead. Always a winner! There is also a castle to visit too, run by National Trust, there is a shuttle bus if you don't want the walk, but as it was only 10 minutes away we enjoyed walking along the coastline up there, and there was a piper, in full Scottish dress too.
We found a gorgeous coffee shop, The Stables hidden away, which is a little treasure.
There are a few touristy shops, ideal for postcards or presents.
The priory is at the end of a long ley line and is certainly a beautiful spot. The 'energies' on the island are beautiful and tranquil. Would love to visit again and walk around the whole island

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I found the castle a fascinating place and would love to have stayed overnight if possible. My advice is to park at the car park and walk to the castle if you are able. No need for the bus unless the weather is bad. I thought the charge to enter the Priory (seperate site) was a rip off and did not go in as a consequence. Great views all around and across to Bamburgh.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Holy Island is a very lovely place to visit, but if you are in a wheelchair please be aware of problems. There is a very large car park on your left where you can get a small bus to take you down into the village. If you have a blue badge, then you can park anywhere in this car park as long as you display your blue badge and you can then catch the bus. The problem is, the car park is covered with very rough stones and shale. This makes is extremely difficult to push/wheel a wheelchair. In fact it is so bad it could cause damage to the wheels etc. If you manage to get to the bus, then there are 3 deep steps to get onto the bus, which were too much for my wife. We were then told by the bus driver that if we had a blue badge we could take the car into the village and park at another car park reserved for blue badge holders and buses. This car park is still quite a long way from the castle. If you have a blue badge, you can drive a little further, but please be aware that parking is practically impossible. We gave up and drove off the island as we could not access anything. So, if you are travelling with a wheelchair, then really think twice about going!

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