Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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  • Richard G
    Norwich, United Kingdom403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant day
    A great place to visit but plan your trip carefully because tides cover road.. A really unspoiled reserve. Plenty of places to purchase food from vans to pubs. National trust property worth a visit. Priory at £11 each given a MISS. The toilets in the centre are disgusting and you would have thought with all the revenue from the car parks they could do much better,
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Janeylou D
    Camberley, United Kingdom66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birds, beaches, bugs and fossils.
    After spending a couple of hours at the abbey ruins (see my other review) we decided to visit the castle ... but didn't quite make it there as I was rather distracted by the huge hide. We went in and were immediately treated to a linnet coming to bathe in the small pool in front of the large glass windows. After his departure, a meadow pipit strutted his stuff along the ledge outside the window, clearly watching us as we were watching his antics, secure in the knowledge that he couldn't be touched. He then hopped onto the floating algae and used it as a raft as he performed his bathing routine, clearly enjoying splashing water at the glass as he did. We could hear curlews in the distance and we were never far from starlings, sparrows, swallows and house martins. After this we decided to head to the castle but decided that it was too peopley as the influx from the causeway traffic was starting to come in waves. (We had cut it fine and got over just before high water which afforded us a few hours of relative peace before the massive tourist overspill onto the island). Well worth taking notice of tide times. As everyone seemed to be making a beeline for the castle, we turned right and clambered down onto the pile of rocks, rubble and seaworn stones that passes as the beach. Best decision ever! The rockpools were full of life. The flora was healthy. The seaweed and bladderwrack was slimy (watch your step) and we were joined by a small shrew that wasn't wary of us at all but darted over the warm rocks, filling its face with sandflies and other insecta that didn't get away fast enough. Any geologists would probably life their best life here, too. So many crinoid fossils amongst the stones as well as some rather excellent sea-tumbled volcanic rock. Something for everyone here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Cookieboy
    Dereham, United Kingdom74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing best enjoyed when the causeway is closed.
    The reserve is well sign posted with a range of walks from easy to more demanding routes. Wear sensible shoes of course and take wet weather gear. The views are good even if the wildlife are a little shy. Although we saw plenty to enjoy. A lovely less demanding walk is to the white daylight ships navigation aid that can be seen from the castle.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Dave Puls
    Nottingham, United Kingdom2,010 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always amazing to walk on Holy Island
    After many visits to Holy Island, the natural beauty of Lindisfarne never disappoints. Amazing at all times of year and in all tides. We walked from the main car park to the village, then over to St Cuthbert's Isle, up the Heugh, down to the harbour and over to the castle, then back via a quiet inland footpath. Fantastic.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
  • Gillian W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check tide timetable and give yourself plenty of time.
    It really is a very special experience. Its a fair drive from the turn off on the A1, over the causeway, to the main car parking near the village. Some folk were walking but I'm not sure you could walk, there and back, see the village etc, in time with the tides. You certainly don't want to get caught out...lots of signs everywhere warning of the perils of missing the low tides. You must check tide times before you go and make allowances for coming back too. Great coffee at the Roasters Shop, plus the Mead was tasty in the winery shop. Filming was taking place while we were there, just added to the fun.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2024
  • SteveB
    Paignton, United Kingdom1,199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Atmospheric Island
    Lindesfarne Holy Island We visited the Island as part of a coach trip so are time was limited however we did get enough time for a good wander around all the sites and the reserve and an interesting summary of the history from our guide Derek👍 Needless to say but I will don't forget the tides!! There are loads of info boards around the island and online to avoid being caught out!! Despite that they still average 1 car a month to rescue!! We saw some walkers taking the old pilgrim route to the side of the causeway and I hoped they got their timing right!! On the Island itself the small fishing/tourist based village is very pretty. The car park is in the centre and some public conveniences located there as well. There are a couple of gift shops and a post office and a couple of pubs should you need those. There is also a mead brewery you can visit and purchase from !! We walked with our guide past the enigmatic ruins of the Lindesfarne Monastery There's a good view of it from the path or the sandbank otherwise to see it up close it's a English Heritage site to pay entry for unless you are a member It's worth walking to the harbour for the view of the castle/fort and to see a working Harbour. Top tip: There are some old wooden listed upturned Herring boats used as storage sheds which are quite photogenic as is the small beach. It's a lovely walk to the castle on the flat until you get there We did not have time to visit it but got the photo!! I have wanted to visit the Island for a long time and was not disappointed. There was a sense of peace but I could imagine the Vikings raiding the monastery such was the atmosphere of this place. A definite must see place if you are in Northumbria👍
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2024
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Graham R
Honiton, UK386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is a brilliant island. In autumn, it is home to a variety of ducks, geese and waders. It is also a magnet for tourists for other reasons, such as the castle and priory. In consequence, the island can be very busy, especially in good weather. Access to the island is restricted by the tides so take care to study the tide tables otherwise you may be marooned! Car parking is ample and the island can be accessed soon after the tide is ebbing enough to expose the causeway crossing. However, parking is not cheap at £4.50 for 3 hours.
The vicarage garden, which is private, attracts migrants. Fortunately, the garden wall is at just the right height to stabilise your binoculars. There is a donation box on the wall to test the conscience of birdwatchers.
The dog restrictions are most welcome. After all, this is a National Nature Reserve.
Written October 11, 2021
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285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
A beautiful place to visit at different times of the day, dependant on the tides. We saw numerous birds including curlew, gulls, later catchers, redshank, etc etc. The reflections and different natural lights give an amazing sense of drama, very atmospheric. Especially enjoyed a early evening visit.
Written September 6, 2020
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Live Life To The Full
Penwortham, UK1,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We visited the island on a guided coach tour. We were told we only had about 1 hour there due to the tide on the day, which was a bit disappointing.

There is a church, the prior and a castle to visit if you have time. The priory and castle are National Trust I believe, so if you are not a member you will have to pay.

I managed to get to the castle and walk around, as well as a quick look at the bit of the priory you could see without paying before we had to leave. I must say it was a rush though.

Glad I have been there, shame we didn't have more time.
Written July 27, 2021
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Tracey P
Leeds, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
A wonderful walk around an island that has sand dunes, white sandy beaches that you can have all to yourself, huge rockpools that will keep children amused for hours. It's an island full of history that can make your imagination run away with you. There's a lovely wildness that is home to a variety of birds and plants and so many paths that can be taken to explore this amazing place. £8 for a full days parking so if you take a packup it's an extremely good value day out. I would highly recommend this as a place to visit.
Written May 9, 2022
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Janeylou D
Camberley, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
After spending a couple of hours at the abbey ruins (see my other review) we decided to visit the castle ... but didn't quite make it there as I was rather distracted by the huge hide. We went in and were immediately treated to a linnet coming to bathe in the small pool in front of the large glass windows. After his departure, a meadow pipit strutted his stuff along the ledge outside the window, clearly watching us as we were watching his antics, secure in the knowledge that he couldn't be touched. He then hopped onto the floating algae and used it as a raft as he performed his bathing routine, clearly enjoying splashing water at the glass as he did. We could hear curlews in the distance and we were never far from starlings, sparrows, swallows and house martins.

After this we decided to head to the castle but decided that it was too peopley as the influx from the causeway traffic was starting to come in waves. (We had cut it fine and got over just before high water which afforded us a few hours of relative peace before the massive tourist overspill onto the island). Well worth taking notice of tide times. As everyone seemed to be making a beeline for the castle, we turned right and clambered down onto the pile of rocks, rubble and seaworn stones that passes as the beach. Best decision ever! The rockpools were full of life. The flora was healthy. The seaweed and bladderwrack was slimy (watch your step) and we were joined by a small shrew that wasn't wary of us at all but darted over the warm rocks, filling its face with sandflies and other insecta that didn't get away fast enough.

Any geologists would probably life their best life here, too. So many crinoid fossils amongst the stones as well as some rather excellent sea-tumbled volcanic rock.

Something for everyone here.
Written August 13, 2023
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withouttnekids
Kefalonia121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We picked up a booklet from the machine by the toilets for £1 and it was well worth it .Fortunately we had great weather to enjoy the beautiful walk around the island . We too a few detours to walk by the sea and enjoy the views . We were lucky to see a family of deers among the dunes too which was a surprise .We saw seals by the harbour and also because we stayed 2 nights saw the Milky Way and loads of stars .
A truly peaceful relaxing place despite the many visitors around the village the reserve Not so busy .
Written October 5, 2021
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Dawn L
Ringwood, UK120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Ok so my only advice is, make sure you check tidal times so you can cross causeway and that anything else you want to see, priory, castle and/or winery is open before setting off. That said we walked around the island, we did approx 7.5kms including priory and it was such a great walk, views were great. We stopped at a little cafe and filled our tanks with much needed sustenance and wandered a bit more around this delightful island. Look out for the organic ice cream shop which also sells fudge, the sour raspberry and ginger ice cream was superb!
Written July 5, 2022
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Julian A
Evesham, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
We parked before the causeway and walked over, it was simply breathtaking, but a long way. As we were so early, an hour before the chart said the causeway was passable, there was virtually no traffic and it was very safe. Bear in mind you walk all the way in, around the town etc, and then back again. We covered 15 miles and it was fantastic.
The town itself was very nice, the toilets pretty bad, they had one way systems in place but were dirty and no hot water and the soap was empty. And this was 1st thing. As we were leaving at about 1pm it was absolutely packed, so get there early, it is worth it.
Stunning scenery and amazing, deserted beaches that go on for miles.
Written September 14, 2020
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Di R
Horncastle, UK126 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I was so saddened by our visit to this beautiful island. It is clearly aimed at the more affluent members of society or walkers, as if you arrive by car the charges begin immediately.
In a time when the government advice is to get outside & surround one’s self with nature it is quite shocking that the minimum charge for car parking is £6 for 3 hrs (the website information is incorrect).
There are many families who do not have pounds & pounds of in-disposable cash & to charge £6 for the privilege to walk the island is disgraceful.
Not particularly Christian.
Written December 31, 2023
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SteveB
Paignton, UK1,199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Lindesfarne Holy Island

We visited the Island as part of a coach trip so are time was limited however we did get enough time for a good wander around all the sites and the reserve and an interesting summary of the history from our guide Derek👍

Needless to say but I will don't forget the tides!! There are loads of info boards around the island and online to avoid being caught out!! Despite that they still average 1 car a month to rescue!!

We saw some walkers taking the old pilgrim route to the side of the causeway and I hoped they got their timing right!!

On the Island itself the small fishing/tourist based village is very pretty. The car park is in the centre and some public conveniences located there as well. There are a couple of gift shops and a post office and a couple of pubs should you need those.

There is also a mead brewery you can visit and purchase from !!

We walked with our guide past the enigmatic ruins of the Lindesfarne Monastery There's a good view of it from the path or the sandbank otherwise to see it up close it's a English Heritage site to pay entry for unless you are a member

It's worth walking to the harbour for the view of the castle/fort and to see a working Harbour.

Top tip: There are some old wooden listed upturned Herring boats used as storage sheds which are quite photogenic as is the small beach.

It's a lovely walk to the castle on the flat until you get there We did not have time to visit it but got the photo!!

I have wanted to visit the Island for a long time and was not disappointed. There was a sense of peace but I could imagine the Vikings raiding the monastery such was the atmosphere of this place. A definite must see place if you are in Northumbria👍
Written June 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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