Visiting Lindisfarne Castle: What you need to know

Part of what makes Lindisfarne Castle so special is that it's on a tidal island, so it’s important that you check the causeway safe crossing times for the day that you are planning to visit us, before booking your tickets to visit. Check that you can access the island when you would like to and are also able to leave the island when you wish to!

Parking

After a magical drive across the causeway, you will find two council pay and display car parks on the island, please park here and avoid driving through or parking in the village. Please respect the island community and follow any government guidance in place to help to keep everyone safe.

There is a car park for blue badge holders in the village, but if you do need access that is closer than 1 mile away please call ahead to the property and we will try our best to facilitate parking in the castle field.

Please note that parking is a mile away from the castle, approx. a 30-minute walk, so please allow time for this.

When you arrive

We recommend that all visitors to the castle, including National Trust members, pre-book their tickets. 

You don’t have to book to visit the garden or to walk around the grounds.

On arrival at the castle entrance, our admissions team will be on hand to greet you. We ask that supporters have their pre-booked tickets ready to show to the welcome team, and members will also be asked to show their membership cards.

Arrival slots are 30 minutes, so for example if you book for a 10.00 slot, you can arrive any time up until 10.30.  

If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot, then entry to the castle will be at the discretion of the property admissions team.

Staying safe

Visitors may choose whether or not to wear a face covering.

The interior of the castle is small and very narrow in parts, so we ask that visitors are always respectful towards their fellow visitors and National Trust staff and give each other enough space to navigate around the building safely. 

There are also low doorways and uneven floors - we recommend stout footwear.

Facilities that are open

The castle, Gertrude Jekyll garden and limekilns are all open. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the 15 acres of open space around the castle with iconic views, shoreline to wander and wildlife to spot. You do not need to book to visit the garden, grounds, or the limekilns.

There is one toilet open at the castle.  The nearest public toilets are in the coach park in the village (approx. 1 mile away).

Refreshments are not available at the castle, so pack a picnic or grab something in the village.

The National Trust shop in the village is open.

Accessibility

There is a car park for blue badge holders in the village, however if you require closer access to park then please phone the property ahead of your visit and we will do our best to help.

Assistance dogs are welcome inside the castle.

Access up to the castle is via a steep cobbled ramp and steps. Inside the building there are narrow corridors, low doorways, steps, and uneven surfaces. We strongly recommend that you wear stout footwear such as trainers or walking boots.

There is a contemporary art installation in the Upper Gallery and the Long Gallery; Song (After nature) by Paul Rooney is a soundscape piece which also incorporates pieces of nature writing. 

Ahead of your visit remember to download the digital guide to the castle.

Additional information

The castle is partly furnished.

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the castle.  You can tie your four-legged friend up at the admission point if you wish to, but we can't accept responsibility or liability for them. 

Please book ahead before visiting

The castle, shop, garden and grounds are open. To visit the castle we recommend that you pre-book a ticket by 8am on the day of your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. The National Trust app also has a booking button. We look forward to welcoming you soon.