Castle Point Lime Kilns

The Castle Point Lime Kilns near Lindisfarne Castle, on the Northumberland Coast

The lime kilns at Castle Point are a Scheduled Ancient Monument – a designation made in recognition of the national significance of the site. They are some of the largest examples of their kind anywhere in the country and certainly the largest actively-conserved kilns in the area.

Past the Castle, a twenty minute walk from the car park on Holy Island or a five minute walk from the gates of the site (Castle Field, the Gertrude Jekyll Garden, the Castle (closed), and Castle Point), lies a reminder of the surprising industrial past of Lindisfarne. The Castle Point Lime Kilns operated at the end of the 19th century, turning limestone - which was quarried elsewhere on the Island - into quicklime.

These lime kilns are very well preserved: you can walk round them, looking into the arches at the bottom of the structure where the quicklime was extracted and passing under the wagonway which linked the kilns to the harbour; and you can follow the path to the top of the kilns, looking down into the wide openings into which the limestone and coal were poured. The views from up there are pretty spectacular too. 

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