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Islands | Lindisfarne

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Lindisfarne or Holy Island is a place that really does live up to its billing in the brochures.

It's an atmospheric landscape of mud flat, sand dune and salt marsh which is reached by a narrow causeway which is flooded at high tide, cutting it off from the mainland.

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Lindisfarne - Visitor Guide


Holy Island/Lindisfarne, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.


NE67 5


Lindisfarne Castle - 01289 389244
Berwick Tourist Information Office - 01289 330733

Leaflets and maps:Multimap of Lindisfarne.
Ordnance Survey:OS grid reference NU125419.
Key attraction:Autumn and winter birds.
Essential kit:Walking shoes and warm clothing. Binoculars and scopes for birds. Tide timetable. Net and waterproof footwear for rock pooling.
Nature watching:

Bird watching - autumn is a great time for migratory birds including thousands of Pale-bellied Brent Geese. One of the best places to see the birds is around The Causeway and Fenham Flats. This is also a good area to spot waders feeding on the exposed sand and mud banks at low tide including Curlew, Redshank and Dunlin.


Snook Point and Snipe Point are good places for sea watching - look for birds such as Eider Ducks, Velvet Scoter, waders and a variety of gulls.


Watch the fields back from the dunes for small birds such as pipits and warblers as well as for Curlew.


Rock pooling - great at low tide (check tide times).


Seals - sometimes to be seen lounging on the mud banks by The Causeway at low tide.


Shops and visitor attractions in the town. National Trust information centre on main high street. Food at pubs and hotel. Overnight accommodation (no camping on island).


Disabled access: Varies depending on area of island. Footpaths to Snook Point and north of island are flat but the ground is uneven and the walkways run through dune areas.

Lindisfarne Castle - access very limited; steep, cobbled access ramp, many steps and stairs within the castle. Braille guide.

Access to Priory - tarmac path, then five steps to priory. Fairly steep slope in outer courtyard. Braille and large print guides available on request.

Access to shoreline varies depends on location and terrain. Rock pools closest to castle partly accessible.

Getting there:

Located off the Northumberland coast between Belford and Berwick. Take the A1 north and turn off four miles north of Buckton towards Beal and Holy Island (Lindisfarne). The Causeway is flooded at high tide so check tide times before departing.


Nearest rail station is Alnmouth but this requires journey onwards by car or taxi.

Opening times:

Opening times of attractions vary depending on tide times - check before travelling. Priory open Monday-Sunday 9.30am-5pm from 24 March-30 September, 9.30am-4pm in October, and 10am-2pm from 1 November-31 March.


Free entry to island.


Lindisfarne Castle - Adults £5.20; Children £2.60; Family £12.50. Lindisfarne Priory - Adults £3.60, Children £1.80, Concession £2.70.

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