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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  • jez09
    413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil
    It's lovely to be in a place where the animals run wild and aren't afraid of humans. There are so many birds here. The wind feels alive. The sea sighs with life. It's the humans who encroach upon their home here. It's just lovely.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 June 2023
  • dsh
    Fife, United Kingdom100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walks with the wildlife
    The Holy Island is a stunning place to visit with all its religious history and Viking attacks attracting may visitors, the Nature Reserve is the more peaceful and quiet part of the island which incorporates a mix of landscapes in such a small space. Head from the carpark and you soon walking on sand dunes but if you walk past the castle and into the Reserve you walk past farming fields on the coast path and towards the mysterious Pyramid which sits next to a deserted beach. Wildlife is everywhere and the views are stunning, well worth a few hours walking around but remember to watch the tide times...
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Richard G
    Norwich, United Kingdom406 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 1 August 2023
  • Janeylou D
    Camberley, United Kingdom67 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 13 August 2023
  • Cookieboy
    Dereham, United Kingdom64 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 22 August 2023
  • Dave Puls
    Nottingham, United Kingdom1,937 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 1 November 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 27 May 2024
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Gillian W
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 27 May 2024
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Bigears
Hawick, UK29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We have visited Lindesfarne regularly for the last 10 years this will be our last visit.

We have given up on the pot holes which damaged our car on the last visit - they are even worse now, couldn't even get into the car park so we could get over the dunes and walk our dogs who love it there.

Unfriendly hospitality providers who couldn't care less.

An overpriced indifferent meal.

Used to be magical now just another tourist trap. Go in winter and bring a trailer load of stones to fill in the potholes so you can park safely.
Written 14 April 2024
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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 31 December 2023
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STrav1
aberdeen2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Very disappointing trip to Holy Island. Albeit December, all attractions were closed. Castle a huge disappointment, Priory ruins were closed but not much to see anyway. Public toilets were an absolute disgrace for one of Englands supposedly top attractions. Most exciting thing was the drive over the causeway. Won't ever go back and wouldn't encourage anyone to waste the exorbitant parking fee.
Written 16 December 2023
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Dave Puls
Nottingham, UK1,937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
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.
Written 1 November 2023
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Cookieboy
Dereham, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 22 August 2023
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chris
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The public toilets are the worst in the UK. Disgustingly smelly and old. The men's toilets are an open sewer style urinal. The women's had females refusing to use them . Shame on the local community!
Written 22 August 2023
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Janeylou D
Camberley, UK67 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 13 August 2023
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Richard G
Norwich, UK406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
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,
Written 1 August 2023
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.

dsh
Fife, UK100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The Holy Island is a stunning place to visit with all its religious history and Viking attacks attracting may visitors, the Nature Reserve is the more peaceful and quiet part of the island which incorporates a mix of landscapes in such a small space. Head from the carpark and you soon walking on sand dunes but if you walk past the castle and into the Reserve you walk past farming fields on the coast path and towards the mysterious Pyramid which sits next to a deserted beach. Wildlife is everywhere and the views are stunning, well worth a few hours walking around but remember to watch the tide times...
Written 23 July 2023
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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