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Lindisfarne Priory ruins in Northumberland

Northumberland’s Lindisfarne Island has such religious significance they even named it Holy Island – and its holiest site is its priory. The region’s earliest Christian monastery was founded here by Irish monk St Aidan in 635 AD. Despite its remote location it was close enough to Bamburgh’s castle for protection, making it the perfect base for converting the local pagans to Christianity. Over the years the priory was also home to St Cuthbert, who’s commemorated by a statue amongst the ruins today, and the illustrated Lindisfarne Gospels were written here. But after a series of Viking attacks at the end of the 8th century, the monks packed up the Gospels and Cuthbert’s body and relocated to Durham.

The priory was later rebuilt but was finally left to ruin after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It’s now protected by English Heritage and the arches and walls of the old priory buildings remain. But impressive as they are, its the setting that really makes them spectacular. Beneath the wide open skies and among the sand dunes and wild coastline you can feel you are walking in the footsteps of pilgrims of 1400 years.

Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island
Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island
St Cuthbert statue, Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island
Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island
Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island

The details

Entry to Lindisfarne Priory costs £6 for adults, £5.30 for concessions (students or over 60s) and £3.60 for under 15s. Or it’s free for English Heritage members – annual membership gets you entry to 400 sites across the country and costs £52 per adult or £92.50 for joint membership, with three months free if you sign up by Direct Debit. Opening times depend on the tides so check their website for the latest details.

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Among the ruins at one of Northumberland's most important religious sites – Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island, attracting pilgrims for almost 1400 years.

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    bevchen
    October 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Gorgeous photos! You were so lucky with the weather (it was hot last time I was there too, but I went in August). I’ve always loved Lindisfarne Priory – it’s so impressive. I have an English Heritage card so I got in free 😉 The castle is National Trust though so I had to pay for that.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      We were incredibly lucky! Had just one day with a bit of rain and a couple with clear blue skies – thought it would be a bit risky being September but the weather can behave in the UK sometimes!

      • bevchen
        October 17, 2014 at 6:13 am

        Haha, yes… even up North 😉

  • Reply
    Globalresidence
    October 16, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Spectacular! Love the pix!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks, it was such a stunning setting.

  • Reply
    Suzanne Jones
    October 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Beautiful photos Lucy, as always. So glad you had great weather too. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks Suzanne – we weren’t expecting it to be so nice but definitely helps with the photography!

  • Reply
    Where's Zoe Now?
    October 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Great pictures – I was there a few years ago, and this takes me right back!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks – glad to bring back some good memories!

  • Reply
    Marc Latham
    October 16, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I was there about five years ago, but on a cloudy day. Lovely peaceful place. Great photos and report.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Thanks, it has such a lovely relaxed atmosphere (and the sunshine was a bonus!).

  • Reply
    amelia
    October 17, 2014 at 2:20 am

    a beautiful entry! x

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    f-stop mama
    October 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Love all of the pictures in this post, but I especially love the black and whites. They really stand out. Nice captures!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thanks, I do love a bit of black and white – especially with the fluffy clouds!

  • Reply
    Vlad
    October 17, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Stunning shots, I love visiting ruins like these, every step is like a history lesson. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Vlad, I love ruins too – we have so many around the UK I’m totally spoilt for choice!

  • Reply
    Quin
    October 17, 2014 at 8:15 am

    This place looks legitimately amazing!! Always wanted to visit England and photos like this make me relive the fantasy over and over. What a gorgeous post!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 24, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Thanks so much, there are so many beautiful and historic places across the UK – if you do make it over here and need some tips just give me a shout!

  • Reply
    jpilkington09
    October 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Fantastic photos – and what great weather you had!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Thanks – yes we totally got lucky, I don’t think it’s always like that in Northumberland!

  • Reply
    thegrownupgapyear
    October 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Fab pics – can’t believe all that sunshine!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

      We couldn’t either – definitely helped with the photos!

  • Reply
    Lucy
    October 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    That’s lovely – thanks so much for the nomination!

  • Reply
    Lucy
    October 24, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    Steven
    November 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Amazing photos, and it’s a place that’s long been on my list. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      November 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks so much, it’s a beautiful place, hope you get to make it out there sometime!

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