Lindisfarne Priory, Holy Island

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Lindisfarne Priory stands as a tidal island that becomes cut-off from England twice a day. A quaint location with a tiny population of 160 people, the island contains natural wonder and a rich, if not bloody history. "The Holy Island of Lindisfarne" survived a bloodthirsty and murderous attack on the monastery from the Vikings in 793 CE. If you like nature and serenity, spend some time walking, bird-watching, or fishing in the remote northern part of the island. If you prefer religion, history, or the arts, visit the monastery and the 16th-century castle, both of which are located on the southern part of the island. Remember to check the tides before you access the island, especially if you intend to visit for only one day. Make Lindisfarne Priory part of your personalized Holy Island itinerary using our Holy Island day trip planning tool .
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  • Was a bit weary of wat was gonna find at holy island but once actually parked car and start wandering i was totally taken back with the whole island and every thing on it The place is tended by the en...  more »
  • The English Heritage Centre which looks after the Priory on Lindisfarne has done a good job of explaining the history of the place - going back to St Cuthbert and St Aydon. There is so much informatio...  more »
  • This priory is an interesting visit. There is an exhibition in the visitors centre about the origins of the priory as well as a gift shop. The priory itself has some information boards placed at interesting features. It has one of the most complete outer courts remaining. There is also a large arch still remaining, despite the neighbouring tower having collapsed a long time ago.
  • I am not really a fan of ruins, but we were with friends who are members of English Heritage so we got in as guests. I'm still not a fan of ruins... Would I have paid £8 to visit? No. I know Durham Cathedral quite well, so I spotted similarities of design features in these ruins. I think it's good that the ruins are preserved, so well done to everyone who joins English Heritage.
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