Northumberland Tourism - Gail Johnson


Location has always been the attraction for the occupiers of Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island. From the original Tudor builders looking for a strong position to protect the island harbour to the wealthy Edwardian bachelor seeking a quiet retreat from London, the situation of the Castle has intrigued and inspired for centuries. Lutyens' renovation hides and emphasises the old fort, while overlooking Gertrude Jekyll's garden and the Lime Kilns, magnificent evidence of Lindisfarne's industrial past. Please ring to check opening times before travelling as they change according to the tide times. Lindisfarne is a tidal island accessed via a 3 mile causeway at low tide. Therefore, the castle opening times vary depending on the tides. On open days the castle will open for 5 hours which will always include 12:00 – 15:00. It will open either 10:00 – 15:00 or 12:00 – 17:00. The National Trust flag will fly only when the castle is open. To obtain a copy of the tide timetables and detailed opening times send a s.a.e. to Lindisfarne Castle stating which month you wish to visit or email

Opening Times

Check tide times. (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
Tide 1 (11 Feb 2020 - 4 Nov 2020)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Gift Aid Price - Adult£6.95 per ticket type
Gift Aid Price - Child£3.50 per ticket type
Gift Aid Price - Family£17.40 per ticket type
Standard Admission - Adult£6.30 per ticket type
Standard Admission - Child£3.15 per ticket type
Standard Admission - Family£15.80 per ticket type

Gift Aid Price includes a voluntary 10% donation.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A1. Take the A1 to Beal then turn off for Holy Island.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Berwick-upon-Tweed Station. Bus 477 times vary with tides, with connecting buses at Beal to and from Newcastle. Island mini bus service from Holy Island car park to castle.

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  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Braille guide book and large print guide. Touchable objects.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access - Restrictions - property on a very steep slope with steps, trip and slip hazards and low doorways. Steps to entrance. Ground floor largely inaccessible.

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 45 minutes
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 25
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates - Normal admission prices apply during open hours. Out of of hours - £4.50 per head National Trust members, £6.50 per head non-members
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free - By arrangement
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Russian printed material

Provider Facilities

  • Event Venue - weddings
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets - emergency only

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - max 20

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