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Review of Lindisfarne Priory

Lindisfarne Priory
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 9 July 2014

So pleased we went. Family of 4 with dog, who was kept on a lead at all times but who was very welcome to visit. I was the keenest out of the 4 to visit but we all loved it. The drive over the causeway is dramatic. I had thought the island could be a real tourist trap with lots of shops selling 'souvenir rubbish' and too many coaches and was concerned it could all be a bit 'too holy' I was wrong. You have to park in the big car park and cant drive into the village. However it is a small area and all attractions easily walkable. We had a beautiful day to visit, spring sunshine, blue sky and sea and a breeze, perfect. The walk to the castle was breathtaking, with benches along the way for a sit. We knew the castle would be closed on the day we went but didn't feel that we missed out on too much, the views are amazing. Walked back into the village via the small visitors centre (no toilets, but there is a large central block near the abbey) and walked to the abbey, this is owned by English Heritage but we didn't pay to go in just had a look from a distance at the ruins. Brought a snack in a shop. There seemed to be a good choice of places to eat. The feeling of the island to me is that it isn't spoilt by tourism and that its primary role is a village (okay a little quirky with its location) for people to live with a school, church and the usual goings on. Admittedly I saw this place on a beautiful day but I would very much recommend, the drive up from Budle Bay alone is worth while. Stopped lots of times on the way back too the mainland to take some stunning photos before the tide came in. I wish we could have stayed longer but the tide prevented us, you have been warned! Definitely stay in my mind for a long time to come and would go again,

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Beautiful scenery castle worth a visit. Take the time to explore the island - check out the tide times first.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Had a nice time in Lindisfarne, the safe period was between 12.00 and 20.00 today. We walked from the car park to the castle which was an easy stroll. Very useful to have the use of a free locker whilst inside. The castle was interesting and well laid out. There were NT volunteers there who were wildlife experts. They had very powerful telescopes for viewing the seals on a sandbank. We would never have known they were there without their guidance. Also learnt about fulmar birds and saw a pair, one in a nest in a wall. We took the shuttle bus back which is a useful extra for just £1. The cafés in the village were either busy or not that special. Was hoping to find a pretty tearoom. A pleasant afternoon spent here and still felt peaceful despite it being quite busy.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We recently spent a good half day on Lindisfarne. We were very lucky with the weather as it was glorious, however considering it was a week day early July and schools still open the castle was very crowded. If you want to walk though you can escape the crowds. We the went to the village and it wasn't too crowded there. We had a lovely lunch at The Manor Hotel and bought some lovely artwork. Overall a wonderful experience and I have left several things to go back for another time, more off season and hope it isn't quite so crowded. Definitely worth a visit but do be prepared for crowds.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

You have to watch the tide charts to be sure you can get on and off the island safely, but we went pretty soon after the causeway was safe to travel and stayed all day. Wonderful sights and sounds.

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