Lindisfarne Priory

Things to see and do

Welcome to Lindisfarne Priory

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Priory - The priory is open as usual, although please note that we will be using an alternative entrance to the Priory and our team members at the gate will be able to advise you on arrival.
  • Entry Procedure - Your pre-booked ticket allows entry to the site anytime during our opening hours (last admission is one hour before closing). Please note that the site is only open when it is safe to cross the causeway during low tide. Please check the safe crossing tide times before booking.
  • Museum - The museum will be open as usual with a one way system and limits on number of people at any given time.
  • Shop - The shop remains open as usual with limits on the number of people at any given time.
  • Toilets - The nearest toilet facilities are a short distance away in the village
  • Face coverings -Face coverings must be worn in Lindisfarne Priory's indoor shop and we recommend wearing them in all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
Check the tide times and book your visit
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.

Plan your visit to Lindisfarne Priory today.

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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