Other Places to Visit
The following locations are free to access for tourists and visitors. Collectively these sites are maintained by community trust volunteers and are funded by donations.
Window on Wild Lindisfarne
Take a look at the wild side of Lindisfarne. Learn more about the island's resident wildlife, migratory bird population and conservation of this unique landscape.
Sometimes events take place at the Window – see the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve for information.
The Lookout Tower
The old coastguard lookout tower was where islanders would watch out to make sure boats had safe passage in stormy weather. You can now climb to the top of the lookout to enjoy a stunning 360-degree panorama of Holy Island and its ever changing landscape.
The tower has a striking position on The Heugh, an outcrop of hard whinstone rock on the island’s south side. This prominent crag was used by monks; recent studies and excavations have been revealed and preserved for visitors to view nearby.
The Old Lifeboat House
Nestled on the west shore in front of St. Cuthbert’s island, the lifeboat house was built in 1884 at a cost of £285. It is the last remaining of five different stations built on Holy island between 1839 and 1968. Between 1909 and 1925 it housed the "Lizzie Porter" lifeboat.
Recently restored, the building now displays an exhibition about Holy Island’s lifeboats and the rescues they performed.
The Gospel Garden
The Gospel Garden is a prize-winning garden on the north side of Marygate, a short distance from the Lindisfarne Centre.
Back in 2003 the Newcastle upon Tyne City Council's Head of Parks and Gardens, Stan Timmins, had the idea for a garden design based on the 7th century Lindisfarne Gospels. The design was entered into Chelsea Flower Show and won a Silver Medal for its excellence.
Convinced that the Gospels Garden should live on after Chelsea, Timmins approached the island's community development trust to reassemble the installation on Holy Island. Grants were successfully obtained and the garden was constructed off the village high street.