Lindisfarne Priory

Things to see and do

Rainbow Arch at Lindisfarne Priory

Priory Ruins

Gaze up at the 'Rainbow Arch', one of Lindisfarne Priory's most dramatic features, as you wander the richly decorated ruins. You will see the arch as you enter through the magnificently carved west doorway.

The arch is a remnant that has, remarkably, survived despite the central tower above it collapsing over 200 years ago.

The monks first came to the island in the year 635 but fled after the violent Viking attack in AD 793. The ruins you see today are from the early 12th century, when the threat of further raids had receded.

The view across Lindisfarne Priory

Island Views

Take in the same breathtaking coastal views as the monks did hundreds of years ago. The remote island setting adds to the unique atmosphere of the priory, cut off from the world and reached by a causeway only visible at low tide.

Explore the island on foot and discover St Cuthbert's Isle just off the shore from the priory. It was here that St Cuthbert lived out his hermit years. Climb the high ridge known as the Heugh south of the ruins for spectacular views across to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands.

Children examine the Viking Raider Stone at the Lindisfarne Priory museum

Museum and Shop

Delve into the 1,400 year history of Lindisfarne Priory and the daily lives of the monks in our fascinating museum.

Follow the story of St Cuthbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, who became one of the most popular saints in Britain before the Reformation. Marvel at the Viking Raiders stone depicting their brutal attack in AD 793, and learn more about the intricate 8th-century manuscript: the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Why not browse the shop and museum while you wait for the tide to go down? Explore some of the highlights from the collection in the museum at Lindisfarne Priory.

View across the tidal causeway at Lindisfarne

Tidal causeway

Lindisfarne is a tidal island cut off from the mainland twice a day by the rising seas. It is this peaceful isolation that originally appealed to the monks, and still attracts over a million visitors every year. To reach the island you must cross the causeway at one of the safe crossing times.

Always check the tide times before visiting. The tide can get very high, extremely quickly and often has fast flowing currents. Although it may not look deep it can easily submerge a car. Every year some visitors misjudge the tide and are trapped in their car or on foot by the rising waters. This is very dangerous and often results in Coastguard rescues.

Do not attempt to cross the causeway outside the safe crossing times.

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Family fun

Have a game of hide and seek amongst the high walls of the cellars and kitchens in the West Range. Play until you're out of puff on the grass in the Outer Court - there's plenty of space for a friendly ball game here - and pack a feast to fuel up during your adventure on our picnic benches.

Keep your eyes peeled for eider ducks, herons and swallows and you might even spot a seal out to sea from just behind the church.

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