Castle In Holy Island, Northumberland
A 16th Century, grade I listed castle on Holy Island only accessible from the Northumberland coast at low tide.
Lindisfarne Castle is one of the highlights of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. It is situated on a tidal island, so it's good to check safe crossing times before you visit. Holy Island crossing times
Once you're on the island, there is plenty to see, including the priory, the famous boat sheds and the stunning beach, but the castle is essential. It is owned by National Trust and you have to book in advance during covid times. Book here
The castle must have one of the most dramatic approaches up to it of any Northern castle. It is a very impressive sight standing on top of the steep, rocky base, known as Beblowe Crag.
Lindisfarne has a recorded history from the 6th Century AD and was an important centre for Celtic Christianity under saints Aidan, Cuthbert and Eadberht.
Lindisfarne Castle was originally built in 1550 and took 20 years to complete. For over 300 years it was home to temporary garrisons of soldiers from Berwick, however, the castle escaped any major attacks.
It was purchased by Edward Hudson in 1901 and with help from architect Edwin Lutyens, he transformed the castle into what it is today. It was renovated between 1903 and 1906 and many features of the original castle were lost though there are still some features that remain, including the fireplace in the dining room.
Lindisfarne is a fantastic day out with loads to do. Make sure you grab some Mead on the way home too.
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Turn left out of the car park and walk for around 5 minutes until you reach Marygate, then turn left. Continue straight ahead for around 15 minutes. The route will be obvious, as the castle will be in sight.
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There is only one car park on the island, known as Chare Ends. The castle is a 20 minute walk away from the car park.
Contributed by Sandra Clemens
I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.
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