Lindisfarne Priory was one of the most important centres of early English Christianity, with monks settling here in AD 635. Follow in the footsteps of the Anglo-Saxon monks and learn more about monastic life, explore this fascinating site and discover how the once magnificent priory was victim to a brutal Viking attack.
Please note: Lindisfarne Priory is located on Holy Island and is only accessible to visitors during certain times of the day, according to the tides. Please check tide times before booking your visit.
A visit to Lindisfarne Priory offers curriculum links across three key stages:
- KS1-3 History: Local History Project
- KS2 History: Britain's settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots; the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England
- KS3 History: The development of church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509
Free Self-led Visits
We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. On a free education visit, you can lead your visit in your own way to fulfil your curriculum objectives. Explore the 12th century Priory ruins, from the cellars and kitchens in the West Range to the dramatic 'Rainbow Arch'. Learn more about the 1,400 year history of Lindisfarne in the museum, including the Priory's Saxon origins, the story of St Cuthbert, and a devastating Viking raid.
Please note: Lindisfarne Priory is located on Holy Island and is only accessible to visitors during certain times of the day, according to the tides. Please check tide times before booking your visit.Enquire now
Plan Your Trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Lindisfarne Priory Teachers' Kit (KS1-4+)
Use this Teachers' Kit to support a free self-led visit to Lindisfarne Priory. Discover the story of St Cuthbert, explore art and architecture or use your senses to find out more about nature in and around the priory.
Lindisfarne Priory Handling Collection (KS1-KS4+)
Explore what life was like for monks at Lindisfarne Priory using our handling collection. Book the collection through our education bookings team and use these resources to support your visit.
A Mini Guide to Medieval Monks
Find out more about different medieval monastic orders with our short animation.
Postcard from Lindisfarne Priory
Take to the skies above Lindisfarne Priory to discover the site and its surroundings.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.