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Romantic 16th-century castle with spectacular views

Location has always been the main attraction for the owners and occupiers of Lindisfarne Castle.

From a former fort to the holiday home of a wealthy Edwardian bachelor seeking a quiet retreat from London, the idyllic location of the Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries.

The renovation by Arts and Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens both hides and emphasises the old fort, all the while overlooking Gertrude Jekyll's enchanting walled garden and the unexpected grandeur of the Lime Kilns, an imposing and striking reminder of Lindisfarne's industrial past.

Before visiting please check the tide timetable to see safe crossing times for the Holy Island causeway and the latest opening times for the Castle.

Opening 2015

We are open to the public from Saturday 14 February to Sunday 1 November 2015.

Please check our opening times and causeway safe crossing times before visiting.

Last entry is 30 minutes before closure.


Spring on Holy Island

Our tenant farmer looks after lambs in the fields around Lindisfarne Castle

Spring is here and that means warmer days, more light, and lambs in the fields. Well hopefully anyway. Generally quiet at this time of year, the Castle allows respite from the wind and great views of the changing season 

At this time of year...

  • Call the Castle for specific opening information
  • To get the best Island experience come over before the tide comes in, and stay until it goes out
  • Spot some seals on the beaches opposite at low tide and below the Castle at high tide
  • Borrow some binoculars to help you enjoy the wonderful wildlife and views
  • Fly a kite on the headland - bring your own or borrow one from us
  • At high tide look for gannets and seals feeding off the headland
  • The National Trust shop is open in accordance with the Castle where possible

Up to the castle

Once you've arrived on Holy Island, there are many things to consider before you make your way up to the castle, not just the tides for getting back to the mainland.

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Northumberland Coast Blog

Lindisfarne Castle is part of our Northumberland Coast group. You can read about some of the work we get up to at the Castle in our Coast Blog, which is added to by staff and volunteers.