Holy IslandCopyright Elaine Morgan


County - Northumberland | Map
Tel code: 01289 | code search
Postcode: TD15 | code search
Population: 170
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St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne
Folk Customs:
Allendale Tar Barrel Carrying
Northumberland Clog Dancing
Shrovetide Football at Alnwick

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Lindisfarne Castle
"We visited Holy Island on a day coach tour from Newton Aycliffe. The weather was rather inclement in the morning , but improved later. Even with the many visitors, you ..." More

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"The Holy Island is accessible by road only twice each day so it is essential to check tide times before attempting a crossing. The causeway is completely submerged at high ..." More

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Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne, a Celtic name, is accessible only twice each day at low tide, by a three-mile long causeway, built in 1954. The King of Northumbria gave Holy Island to St Aidan in AD635. It was recognised as one of the principle centres of Christianity during the Dark Ages and the life and teaching of the influential St Cuthbert was a magnet for pilgrims. Following the death of St Cuthbert in AD687 the monks produced what was to become one of the finest 7th century manuscripts, the Lindisfarne Gospels, which are now housed in the British Museum. When he died in AD 687 he was initially buried in the church, but later his remains were moved to Durham Cathedral. Holy Island Castle, atop Beblowe Crag, is the most prominent feature on the island, built as a defence in Tudor times. The Norman Priory is built on the site of an Anglo Saxon monastery, founded following the visit of St Aidan, later destroyed by the Vikings and rebuilt some 400 years later as a Benedictine Priory. The sand dunes and saltmarsh are a National Nature Reserve, and an important winter home to thousands of seabirds, particularly waders making the island a top location for birdwatching, with hundreds of species having been recorded in the area and new birds being added to the list annually.


Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Heritage Centre
Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
Lindisfarne Priory and Museum
St Aidans Winery


Lee Cottage at St Cuthbert's Square
Teapot Cottage

Pub and Bar

Crown & Anchor
The Ship


Brandies Barn
Lee Cottage at St Cuthbert's Square

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Lee Cottage at St Cuthbert's Square (0.09 miles)

Lee Cottage at St Cuthbert

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In a village location on the delightful, unspoilt and historic Holy Island of Lindisfarne, these Grade II listed fishermen's cottages offer modern comforts whilst retaining charm and ... More

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Fenham Farm Bed and Breakfast (4.07 miles)

Fenham Farm Bed and Breakfast
We have 5 en-suite rooms available for Bed & Breakfast accommodation. All have been converted from the original farm buildings with fastidious attention to detail while retaining as much of the original character of the ... More | visit website
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Detchant Farm (4.23 miles)

Detchant Farm

Detchant is a family run farm nestling between the magnificent Northumberland coastline and the beautiful Cheviot Hills. Centrally located for most market towns in north Northumberland, we are 15 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed and 16 miles ... More | visit website

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Waren House Hotel (4.94 miles)

Waren House Hotel

Enjoy the rare and natural beauty of a unique corner of this secret kingdom where time stands still and many a castle or monastery bears witness to a bygone age, when this land was torn ... More | visit website

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Market Cross Guest House (5.11 miles)

Market Cross Guest House

Jill and John Hodge welcome you to their home. Situated in the centre of Belford village, this beautiful 200 year old guesthouse provides quality en-suite accommodation, award winning breakfasts and hospitality that is renowned.

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Blue Bell Hotel (5.15 miles)

Blue Bell Hotel

The Hotel is 1/2 mile off the A1, in Belford. An ideal quiet central location for all the major attractions & Golf courses in the area. Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Bamburgh, Holy Island, all are ... More | visit website

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The Farm House Guest House (5.19 miles)

The Farm House Guest House
We welcome you to our home in Northumberland; the most tranquil county in England. Belford is in the north of the county where you are a short distance from the coastline; designated as an Area ... More | visit website
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The Gables (5.31 miles)

The Gables
A very warm welcome awaits you at the Gables from Angus and Claire. An elegant former Victorian Vicarage in the hamlet of Duddo, near Berwick upon Tweed Northumberland. The Gables sits on a rise with ... More | visit website
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Victoria Hotel (5.57 miles)

Victoria Hotel

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The Victoria Hotel overlooks the village green in the heart of historic Bamburgh. The village is dominated by a magnificent Castle which has featured in many historical films. Both Holy Island ... More

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Inglenook Cottage (5.58 miles)

17thC listed cottage, comprising three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen diner, separate dining room and lounge. Has two open fires as well as heating. Outside there is a courtyard area and a fully enclosed garden at ... More | visit website

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