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Lindisfarne is an Island and Village on the northeast coast of England, 13 miles south of Berwick Upon Tweed, 57 miles north of Newcastle, often referred to as the Holy Isle, or Holy Isle of Lindisfarne.

Lindisfarne is popular for its Priory, Museum, St Mary's Church, Nature Reserve, and Castle.

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The image top is of the Causeway you have to cross to get to Lindisfarne, with the road closed at High Tides.

On the outskirts of the Village is a huge Car Park, with about a half mile walk from there into Lindisfarne.

Lindisfarne Mead is on the walk into the Village centre, a Fortified Wine, claimed to be an Aphrodisiac.

The Village centre has the Lindisfarne Hotel, Manor House Hotel, Crown and Anchor Inn, and Ship Inn for meals and drinks.

Lindisfarne Priory is the main attraction in the Village centre with a large Museum, founded around 634 by the Irish monk Saint Aidan. King Oswald of Northumbria had requested Saint Aiden from Iona in northwest Scotland to set up this place of Worship, with the Island then becoming known as the Holy Isle.

680s - Saint Cuthbert was Bishop of Lindisfarne until his death in 687.

875 - Vikings began taking over much of Northumbria, leading to the Monks of Lindisfarne fleeing with St Cuthbert's bones. St Cuthbert's remains are now in Durham Cathedral.

1093 - after the Norman conquest of England, Lindisfarne Priory was re-established, with the building seen today built from around that time.

1536 - King Henry VIII ended Catholic worship in England, Wales and Ireland, with him selling off much of their land and wealth to fund Military Campaigns. This led to most Abbeys and Priories falling into ruin.

St Mary's Church is next to Lindisfarne Priory, with the first St Mary's here being built of wood in the 600s. Much of the Church seen today was built in the 1100s and 1200s.

Lindisfarne Castle is about half of a mile walk from the Village. This Castle was built from 1550 with some of the stone taken from Lindisfarne Priory.

King Henry VIII ordered the Castle to be built to help prevent invasions from Scotland.

1901 - Edward Hudson, owner of Country Life magazine, bought Lindisfarne Castle with him having it converted to serve as his family home.

1936 - Edward Hudson died.

1944 - the National Trust took over Lindisfarne Castle to serve as a visitor attraction.

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is on the path out to Lindisfarne Castle, wit a building where you can set up high powered Cameras and Binoculars. There is also a Nature Trail to walk around.

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