Things to do at Lindisfarne Priory review
Lindisfarne Priory is set on the historic island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland. There are expansive medieval monastery ruins that include ornately sculpted stonework. You can only visit the priory at low tide so make sure you check the tide times before you visit and if the tide does come in you will have to spend a good few hours on the island, so make sure you visit with plenty of time to spare.
Lindisfarne is also known as Holy Island and it is one of the most important centres of early English Christianity. Irish monks first settled here back in AD 635 and the masterpiece known as the Lindisfarne Gospels were created at the priory in the early 8th century. The ruins that stand today are of the 12th-century priory. A monk named Cuthbert joined the monastery in the 670s and he became the greatest monk-bishop and the most important saint in northern England in the Middle Ages.
The most impressive sight within the ruins is the dramatic ‘Rainbow Arch’. There are some breathtaking coastal views to be seen and the priory is very atmospheric. You can’t drive around the island so once parked you could also take the short walk to St Cuthbert’s isle where he lived out his hermit years. South of the ruins there is a high ridge you can climb for some even more amazing views.
Indoors there is a museum detailing the 1,400-year history of Lindisfarne priory and the daily lives of the monks that once lived there. The museum also includes the Viking Raiders stone that depicts the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793.
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FAQ and Further Information Lindisfarne Priory
Is there food and drink available?
There are no food or drinks available to purchase. There is a shop nearby and a couple of places to eat on the island.
What are the main things to do?
Expansive medieval monastery ruins that include ornately sculpted stonework and a museum. There are no toilets, there are some in the village nearby.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £7.90 without donation, children 5-17 £4.70. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a pay and display car park for visitors to the island approximately 5 minute walk away.
When are they open?
Lindisfarne Priory is open for most of the year with some closure mid-week during autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs on leads are welcome in the priory and museum, they are not allowed in the shop.
Are they accessible?