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Lindisfarne Priory, Lindisfarne: 12 reviews and 38 photos

  Priory from the harbour
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  • Priory from the harbour - Lindisfarne
      Priory from the harbour
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  • Arches against the sky - Lindisfarne
      Arches against the sky
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  • Anglo-SAxon gravestone - Lindisfarne
      Anglo-SAxon gravestone
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      Carved pillar
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  • Anglo-Saxon name-stone - Lindisfarne
      Anglo-Saxon name-stone
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Lindisfarne priory dates from the late 11th century, used by the monastic community there until it was suppressed by Henry Vlll in 1537.

You can still see the huge arch, which was once a vault-rib for the crossing tower.....and the wind and rain and frost have not yet eroded all the beautiful carving on the remaining pillars.

There is a small museum incorporated into the visitor's centre, with examples of Anglo-Saxon name-stones and cross-bases from the earliest monastery on the island. The final Viking raid in 875AD led to the monks abandoning Lindisfarne until 1104, when they returned once again to set up their community.

Well worth visiting.......take yourself back, in your imagination, to a time when this tiny island was a haven of peace and tranquillity for those hard-working holy men.

check the ebsite for entrance fee. In 2009 it was 4.20 GBP.

Address: Holy Island, Lindisfarne, TD15 2RX
Directions: Can't miss it....in Lindisfarne village.
Phone: +44 1289 389200
Website: http://www.holy-island.info/englishheritage/lindisfarnepriory/

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  • Updated Nov 1, 2009
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