Days Out Attractions & Buildings
Originally known as Lindisfarne and often described as ‘The jewel of the Northumberland Coast’, Holy Island is only accessible across a causeway at low tide. In the seventh century it was one of the great seats of Christian learning in western europe and was where the beautiful Lindisfarne Gospels were written. Lindisfarne Castle is a Tudor fort converted to a house by the architect Edwin Lutyens for Edward Hudson, founder of The Country Life magazine. If you’re a bit of a film buff you may wonder where you’ve seen it before... That’s right, it doubled as Donald Pleasance’s house in Polanski’s “Cul-De-Sac” and in the Millennium episode of the series ‘Cold Feet’. There’s also a museum exhibiting artefacts from excavations as well as a gift shop. Make sure you have a tide timetable - at high tide the causeway linking Holy Island to the Northumbrian coast is submerged and the island is cut off from the mainland.