Lindisfarne Priory


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.

Curriculum links

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.

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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 for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Pay and Display car park located approximately five minutes’ walk from the site.
    • MUSEUM: The museum explores the story of St Cuthbert and the 1,300 year history of Lindisfarne Priory. The collection includes the Viking Raiders stone, depicting the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in AD 793.
    • TOILETS: The nearest toilet facilities are a short distance away in the village.
    • LUNCH: Students are welcome to bring packed lunches and picnic on the grass. 
    • SHOP: The shop sells a selection of English Heritage gifts and souvenirs. Please bring your students in small groups.
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