The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island. It has always been a place of pilgrimage and to reach it you must cross the causeway which is cut off from the mainland twice a day by the rising tide.
When the tide is closed this island is a true natural haven, cut off from the rest of the world for just a few hours, which is quite unusual and special. It's one of the reasons why this island so unique, attracting over a million visitors every year.
Please respect the tides
The tides can become very high, extremely quickly and often have fast flowing currents. Although they may not look very deep, they can easily submerge a car. The safe crossing times are in place for a good reason, yet every year there are incidents of island visitors becoming trapped in their cars or on foot by the rising tide. This is very dangerous and often results in Coastguard rescues.
Always check the tide times before visiting.
Do not attempt to cross the causeway outside of the safe crossing times. Once on Lindisfarne, you can of course choose stay and enjoy the island while the tide is closed.