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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.


Winter at Lindisfarne

Winter is here but fear not, the Castle is still open alternate weekends until next season. If crisp, clear days (and brisk northerly winds) are your thing then pop in for a visit.

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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