Looking after Lindisfarne

The exposed location of Lindisfarne Castle means that the fabric of the building is under constant pressure from the elements. The resulting problems such as penetrating damp, deterioration of stonework and pointing, and windows letting in water reached a point where action had to be taken. The scale of the conservation work is such that the Castle is closed to the public for 18 months until April 2018.

The site of the Grade I listed building overlooking the North Sea means that it has been subject to the ravages of wind, rain and salt throughout its 460 year history. We carried out 18 months of conservation trials to find solutions to this wear and tear that would secure the future of the iconic building. As a result, the difficult decision was taken to close the castle, in order to complete the necessary works safely and as quickly as possible within the tight spaces of this historic site.

This is a £3 million project to secure the long-term future of the castle. Scroll down to see how you can help the conservation work.

Whilst the castle will be closed throughout the 2017 season, visitors can enjoy the idyllic setting of Holy Island. There are still many reasons to visit:

  • The small but significant Jekyll walled garden. Gertrude Jekyll was a highly influential garden designer, horticulturist, artist and writer. She worked around the turn of the 20th century and often collaborated with Arts and Crafts architect Edwin Lutyens. Using the plot originally cultivated to grow fruit and vegetables for the soldiers stationed at the fort, Jekyll created an artistic, impressionistic jewel.
  • The 19th-century lime kilns. These were built in 1860 to burn limestone to power (quicklime) which was used mainly as fertilizer and for mortar and limewash. They are one of the largest examples of their kind anywhere in the country and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument – a designation made in recognition of the national significance of the site.
  • The headland of ‘Castle Point’, with footpaths to explore, wildlife to spot and views of the castle and Holy Island.
  • The National Trust shop. On Marygate, in the village of Lindisfarne, is one of only two standalone National Trust shops in the North East. It stocks a wide selection of local products, gifts, home ware, outdoor ware and food as well as plants.
  • Holiday cottages. For those who want to stay longer, we have two cottages on Holy Island: the Lutyens-designed St Oswald’s looking across at the castle and the cosy Glen House in the village.
  • Other local businesses and other attractions remain open as usual. 

How you can help

As a charity we need your help to protect much-loved places in our care like Lindisfarne Castle. To play your part in conserving this North East icon text CASTLE to 70060 to give £3 via your phone* or you can donate online.

* This is a charity donation service. Texts cost £3 plus standard network rate. The National Trust will not process your mobile number or use it to contact you again in future. To find out how your donation supports our work, please email giving@nationaltrust.org.uk. If you wish to discuss this mobile payment call 0203 282 7863. The National Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (no: 205846).