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Lindisfarne Castle

Perched atop a rocky crag and only accessible over a causeway at low tide, Lindisfarne Castle presents an exciting and alluring aspect. Originally built as a Tudor fort to defend the area from nearby Scotland, its colourful past has also seen the castle used to protect Holy Island harbour and more recently as a coastguard station.

The castle was disused and in a poor state of repair when it was rescued and converted into a private house and holiday home in 1903 by the renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. This was for his friend and patron, Edward Hudson - the founder of Country Life magazine. The small rooms are full of intimate decoration and design, with views overlooking the spectacular coastline and the charming walled garden planned by the designer Gertrude Jekyll in 1911. Coastal walks offering the perfect opportunity for flora and fauna spotting are close by.

Please be aware that Holy Island can only be reached by vehicle or on foot via a 3 mile causeway, which is closed from 2 hours before high tide until 3 hours after. Tide times are printed in local newspapers and displayed at the causeway. Alternatively, please contact the castle for details. To avoid disappointment we do advise that you check safe crossing times before starting your journey.

To obtain information on Castle opening times and Causeway Safe crossing times, either log on to the lindisfarne website or send a SAE to Lindisfarne Castle or email lindisfarne@nationaltrust.org.uk stating which month you intend to visit.

Dogs are not allowed inside the Castle BUT are permitted on the island on a lead. There are two working farms on the island with large numbers of sheep grazing in the fields.

Castle information:

  • The castle is on a very steep slope, with steps, trip and slip hazards and low doorways
  • Disabled visitors may park beside the council road leading to the castle
  • Braille and large print guides are available
  • Due to the historic fabric of the castle, please do not bring any large bags, pushchairs or rucksacks into the building
  • Emergency WC only in castle, main WCs in village - 1 mile

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On Holy Island, 5 miles from the Al mid-way between Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh. The nearest town and mainline rail station to the castle is Berwick upon Tweed, 10 miles from Holy Island.

Bus service No 477 (Travelsure) runs from Berwick Rail station to Holy Island twice a week, normally on a Wednesday and a Saturday, timed to coincide with the tides.

Lindisfarne Castle Postcode for SatNav: TD15 2SH


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