Visiting Lundy: what you need to know
From catching the ferry (or helicopter) to making your way around once you’ve arrive, we’ve got the details on how to get to Lundy Island and what's available when you're there. Please check with the travel providers to see which services are running when you plan to visit. Once you’re on the island there’s lots to see and do. Read on for all the information you need to plan your trip to Lundy.
Travelling to Lundy
MS Oldenburg – Lundy’s own ferry
The MS Oldenburg is Lundy’s ferry and supply ship, which takes visitors to Lundy from Ilfracombe and Bideford from the end of March until the end of October. Built in 1958, it retains many of its original brass and wooden fittings providing comfortable heated saloons, a bar, buffet, a gift shop and an information desk. Some more information from the MS Oldenburg’s website:
“The journey to or from Lundy usually takes less than two hours. The ship's departure time from Lundy will be posted on The Marisco Tavern noticeboard at least 24 hours before the sailing. Some sailings return you to a different port from that which you departed. Please refer to the sailing timetable for specific dates. When the coach/transport link is required between the ports of Ilfracombe and Bideford, we are happy to co-ordinate this service if you let us know on your return journey aboard MS Oldenburg.”
To find out more about travelling on the MS Oldenburg click here.
Winter helicopter rides to Lundy
When the MS Oldenburg is not running, visitors have the chance to visit Lundy by helicopter.
To find out more about travelling to Lundy by helicopter click here.
There are pay and display car parks at Bideford and Ilfracombe to leave your car as Lundy is a no-vehicle island. Please check with the travel providers to see which services are running when you plan to visit.
Exploring Lundy – from puffins to the Devil’s Slide
For such a small island, there’s a lot going on. Lundy is known for its excellent walking and as the perfect place to see puffins and other special seabirds, but did you know you can also go climbing, diving, fishing, and even letterboxing! There are also plenty of warden-led activities in peak season, including Rockpool Rambles, Snorkel Safaris, guided walks and visitor talks.
Find out more about what you can do on Lundy here.
Staying on Lundy
There are 23 self-catering properties on Lundy, from a 13th century castle to a late Georgian gentleman's villa, a lighthouse, the isolated coastguard watchhouse of Tibbetts, a simple fisherman's chalet, and more. Lundy also has a campsite in the centre of the village, close to all amenities.
To find out more about Lundy’s accommodation and to book, click here.
Bringing the family
Lundy is a great family day out, with something for kids of all ages, including family activity packs and a small education centre with hands-on activities. Pushchairs are admitted, and there are baby changing facilities. Lundy is also suitable for school groups.
Eating and shopping on Lundy
Lundy General Stores
Lundy has a well-stocked village stores that caters to visitors staying on the island, residents and day visitors. It’s a small building but with an excellent assortment of fresh and frozen foods, household goods and toiletries and beers, wines and spirits, as well as fresh bakery products and Lundy souvenirs (including the famous Lundy stamps). They also, most crucially, serve very good ice-cream.
Find out more about Lundy General Stores’ opening hours, stock and more here.
Lundy’s only pub, the Marisco Tavern is the heart of the island for its residents and visitors. Although alcohol is only served during permitted hours, the Tavern never shuts and offers good food and a warm welcome. Look out for the lifejackets that decorate the pub – washed up from various ships wrecked near the island over the years!
Find out more about the Marisco Tavern here.
Lundy has a mobility car park. A transfer and drop-off point are available, including wheelchair transfer. The grounds are partly accessible, with some level areas and some slopes.
The Landmark Trust
The Landmark Trust manages the island of Lundy on behalf of the National Trust, and operates the holiday properties on the island among other things. Their Lundy website is full of information on Lundy’s history and wildlife as well as all the details you need to plan your trip to Lundy.
Landmark Trust’s Lundy website here.