St Cuthbert spent over 10 years living as a hermit on Inner Farne and was on the island when, in 684, he was informed he had been elected Bishop of Lindisfarne. Cuthbert had moved to the island in 676 and died here in 687. He was buried on nearby Lindisfarne. The present complex of buildings occupies the site of Cuthbert's original cell.
St Cuthbert's Chapel still links the Island to its monastic past. The building dates from the 1300’s but was heavily restored in the 19th-century when the present furnishings were introduced.
Living on the Farnes
People have been living on the islands for centuries; hermits, monks, lighthouse keepers, soldiers and even shipwrecked sailors. Visit us and find out more about those who lived here.
Prior Castell's Tower
Prior Castell's Tower, named after the Prior of Durham at the time of construction, is a classic Pele Tower showing all the hallmarks of a strong border fortress, albeit with unrivalled sea views.
Lighthouses on the Farne Islands
The Farne Islands have been home to many lighthouses over the centuries, from simple fire baskets to electronically controlled, unmanned towers. Two are still in use today including the famous Longstone lighthouse, forever associated with the Victorian heroine Grace Darling.