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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