Attraction in Holy Island
Perched atop a rocky crag and accessible over a causeway at low tide only, Lindisfarne Castle presents an exciting and alluring aspect. Originally built as a Tudor fort to defend the area from nearby Scotland, its colourful past has also seen the castle used to protect Holy Island harbour and more recently as a coastguard station. The castle was disused and in a poor state of disrepair. It was rescued and converted into a private house and holiday home in 1903. The renowned architect Edwin Lutyens transformed the castle for his friend and patron, Edward Hudson – the founder of Country Life magazine. The small rooms are full of intimate decoration and design, with views overlooking the spectacular coastline and the charming walled garden planned by the designer Gertrude Jekyll in 1911. The then owner, Sir Edward de Stein, gave the castle to the National Trust in 1944.
The National Trust has a holiday cottage on the island and the castle can be booked for small weddings.
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Months Open: 14 Mar - 1 Nov 2009
7 - 8 Nov, 21 - 22 Nov 2009
5 - 6 Dec, 19 - 20 Dec 2009
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Opening times vary during season (either 10am - 3pm or 12 - 5pm)
Out of Season: all 10am - 3pm, last admission 2.30pm)
Special Christmas opening: 27 - 29 Dec 2009
2010: 9 - 10 Jan; 23 - 24 Jan; 6 - 7 Feb; 13 - 21 Feb
Admission Price: Adults: £6.30
Children under 18: £3.10
(Includes 10% donation for Gift Aid)
Non-Gift Aid price:
Adult - £5.70
Children - £2.80
Family - £14.20
Free admission to members of the National Trust, Royal Oak, National Trust for Scotland and other affiliated National Trusts.
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