Your Guide to Lindisfarne Castle
When you are in the area of North Northumberland, the one landmark that sticks out more than any other is Lindisfarne Castle. Visible for miles around, you can't help but notice this beautiful Castle built in the 1500's high on a volcanic mound to protect against Scottish invasion. Much of the stone used to build the Castle came from the Priory that had been deserted centuries before. Through the 1700's and 1800's the Castle was allowed to fall into a state of disrepair and it wasn't until it was bought by Edward Hudson (the founder of Country Life magazine) that something was done about it. He employed Sir Edwin Lutyens, a famous architect to convert the Castle into the massive house that it has now become.
The views from the Castle are simply breathtaking, some of the most attractive coastal visions you will ever see, so remember to bring your camera along with you. About 500 metres to the North of the Castle are it's walled gardens which were re-designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911 as part of the conversion of the Castle. The National Trust now look after Lindisfarne Castle and they have re-created Gertrude's original plans in the walled Garden once more. Behind the Castle there are also some extremely well preserved examples of Lime Kilns from the 19th Century (pictured below).
National Trust only provide an 'emergency toilet' in the Castle, there are no public toilets. It is a lovely walk of about a mile from the Village along a coastal path to the Castle, however there is a minibus service available from the two main car parks to the Castle for the less mobile. Northumberland County Council publishes safe crossing times to Holy Island, visit Your Guide to Holy Island for more information about how to get there and what to do.
Your insider tip: You can no longer acces Lindisfarne Castle by car, it is quite a walk from the car park to the Castle. There are hopper buses that run from the car park to the castle for people with limited mobility.
Getting to Holy Island takes a bit of planning! Access to the Island is limited by the tide, twice a day at high tide the Island becomes inaccessible. Safe crossing times are published by Northumberland County Council and are available here, so that should be your first port of call when planning a visit to the Island. This doesn't seem to stop people from getting stuck however! Each year there are many reports of people 'risking it' and having to be rescued from one of the raised safety points on the causeway. Their cars aren't as lucky though and are generally ruined, so the lesson here is don't take risks!!
Getting here by car is easy, the causeway is not far from the A1, approximately 8 miles South of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, you need to take the crossroads East at Beal. From here it's just five miles to the Island. As you enter the Island by car, follow the road along for about a mile and on the left you will see a car park. Unless you have a disabled badge you must park here, there is no longer parking available on the road to the Castle as there used to be many years ago. If you require disabled parking continue on this road and take your first left where you will see the Coach and disable car park. There is a minibus service on the Island that links the two car parks and the Castle during it's opening hours for those not able or willing to walk from the Village.
Postcode for your SatNav: TD15 2SH