Holy Island Views

On day 3 of our Northumberland holiday, we decided to head over to Holy Island. Upon checking the tide times I discovered that it would be the only day that would be suitable. So if you are planning a day out to Holy Island make sure you are checking the tide times. Otherwise, it will be a wasted journey.

Holy Island in Northumberland

Lindisfarne Priory
Lindisfarne Priory
Holy Island Views
Holy Island Views

Parking for Holy Island

We parked at the main car park on Holy Island, which you have to pay for. An all-day ticket was roughly £4.80. From there I kitted the boys up in their wellies and boots and set off on a slow walk into Lindisfarne. I had taken the pram which you can take into most places on the Island. Although an all-terrain pram would be more suitable, my silver cross pop survived.

Holy Island Views
Holy Island Views

Before lunch, we checked out the priory (although we didn’t go inside) and then we headed down to the beach. From the beach, you can see St Cuthberts Islands where St Cuthbert is said to have lived out his hermit years. I left our pram at the bottom of the outcrop and walked up to the lookout point. It is a bit steep going the way we came up but well worth the views.

Lunch at the Crown and Anchor
BLT Baguette at the Crown and Anchor

Lunch Time

We had our lunch was at a lovely place called the Crown and Anchor. Luckily the weather was really nice so again we sat outside in the beer garden. The food was lovely and well worth the price. The dogs enjoyed the shade of the picnic tables and there was a bowl of water sitting for them to drink out of.

Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Castle
Holy Island Views
Holy Island Views

The Castle and Views

After lunch, we set off towards the castle and lime kilns. The castle is currently under restoration until April 2018. So you can’t go inside. However, it’s still a beautiful walk and you can still visit the beach or go explore the lime kilns before heading back. There are also plenty of walking opportunities.

Holy Island Views
Holy Island Views


Before heading back to the car we bought some fudge from the Pilgrams Fudge Shop. If you love Fudge then this place is a must. It’s lovely and didn’t last very long!

Holy Island Views
Holy Island Views

Home Time

Once back at the car I then drove back over the causeway to our self-catering accommodation in Bamburgh.

Overall, we had a great family day out, and the fact that it was dog and child friendly made it a much more enjoyable day.

Places To See

  • Lindisfarne Castle
  • Lindisfarne Priory
  • Lime Kilns
  • Lindisfarne Nature Reserve & Lookout Point
  • Lots of Walks
  • Find somewhere to sit…and relax

Spending a family day out on Holy Island in Northumberland with kids and dogs.


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I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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  1. Such a stunning place which I’ve not heard of. the view look amazing and I can see how kids can immerse themselves in fairytale adventures. #familytraveltips

    1. It’s a great place to visit and our eldest loved that you had to wait for the tide to go out before we could cross over to visit it!

  2. Oh wow. Next time we head northwards I hope to stop off and see these sights, just stunning! #familytraveltips

    1. Yes there are so many stunning sights to see. The drive across to Holy Island was fascinating and our eldest son kept asking how long we had until the road disappeared under the water again!

  3. Oh that’s such a coincidence, I think we are going there next week with the dogs and children. It looks and sounds like a fabulous place, I’m really looking forward to it now! Thanks so much for linking up to #FamilyTravelTips.

  4. I live not far from here and still have not visited, I really need to make the effort to visit soon xx

  5. Hi Sam,
    I have a friend who is always telling me I should visit Northumberland and reading your post, I can certainly see why he is saying that! I never realised how lovely it is up there. It seems to be steeped in a lot of history too, which is something we love. I’ll be checking out your other posts from your trip to find out more. Thank you 🙂

  6. One of my favourite places! I used to live in Alnwick so have spent a lot of time exploring Northumberland – thanks for sharing!

  7. Love the video, gives such a good overview of your day. Looks like an amazing place to explore, with so much to see and such beautiful views. And fudge! I do love fudge, although I always end up eating too much and making myself sick! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #AdventureCalling

    1. Aww thank you. We are enjoying making the videos of our trips/days out. The fudge was amazing! Im the same, i always eat far too much and get ill!

  8. Northumberland is such a lovely part of the country but it’s years since I’ve been up that way. We really must visit again soon. The landscape is just gorgeous. Love you video too. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling calling I hope you can again tomorrow.

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