Holy Island

Holy Island -  Places to Visit Near Berwick - The Captain's Quarters Hotel

The North’s Cradle of Christianity, Holy Island or Lindisfarne Abbey, lies off the Northumberland coast seven miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed. St Aiden, the first of 16 Bishops, founded Lindisfarne Abbey in 635AD and the Lindisfarne Gospels illuminated manuscripts were produced here between 698 and 710AD. First attacked by Viking raiders in 693, the monks were eventually forced to flee in 875, taking the body of St Cuthbert, which now rests in Durham Cathedral.

Lindisfarne Priory dates from 1093 and Lindisfarne Castle from 1550: both are open to visitors. The island village is home to 180 residents and is surrounded by a National Nature Reserve of international importance. Twice each day tides cover the 2.5 mile vehicle causeway and Lindisfarne reverts to island status for a few hours. The tide comes in extremely quickly, please check safe crossing times at either end of the causeway. If you arrive too early to cross, we recommend going for a coffee at the Barn at Beal which has a fantastic viewing point across to the island.

How to travel from Berwick to Holy Island:

By Car;

Please adhere to safe crossing times. The tidal water is very fast at covering the causeway. To travel by car head south on the A1 to the Beal junction then follow signposts. If you plan to travel around our beautiful coast why not hire a car?

East Coast Rental Ltd, Tel: 01289 307 611, Web: eastcoastrental.co.uk

Public Transport;

There is a direct bus route: Perryman’s route 477 (this is the only bus that travels onto the island). Arriva route X15/X18 stops at Beal garage. From Beal it is a five mile walk, so again please allow for the tide.

Cycle Route;

There is a cycle route, In the Tracks of the Monks to Holy Island. (We have secure bike storage at our guesthouse.)

To hire a bike we recommend our local bike shop, a few doors down from the guesthouse, Wilson Cycles where Norman and Ian are on hand to advise and help.

Taxi;

A local taxi from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Holy island will cost approximately £23. we recommend Premier Taxis 010289 330680 or A1 Taxis 01289 308 524.

Where to eat on Holy Island:

Barn at Beal – Beal Farm, Beal, Mainland Restaurant Lovely restaurant on the mainland with stunning views of Holy Island.
www.barnatbeal.com
Tel: 01289 540 044
Crown and Anchor – The Marketplace, Holy Island Public House Bar and accommodation, dogs permitted in the bar area.
www.holyislandcrown.co.uk
Tel: 01289 389 215
Manor House Hotel – The Marketplace, Holy Island Restaurant Bar and restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner.
www.manorhouselindisfarne.com
Tel: 01289 389 207
Pilgrims Coffee House – Falkland House, Marygate, Holy Island Cafe Beautiful little coffee house, for the coffee connoisseur. www.pilgrimscoffee.com

Holy Island -  Places to Visit Near Berwick - The Captain's Quarters Hotel

The North’s Cradle of Christianity, Holy Island or Lindisfarne Abbey, lies off the Northumberland coast seven miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed. St Aiden, the first of 16 Bishops, founded Lindisfarne Abbey in 635AD and the Lindisfarne Gospels illuminated manuscripts were produced here between 698 and 710AD. First attacked by Viking raiders in 693, the monks were eventually forced to flee in 875, taking the body of St Cuthbert, which now rests in Durham Cathedral.

Lindisfarne Priory dates from 1093 and Lindisfarne Castle from 1550: both are open to visitors. The island village is home to 180 residents and is surrounded by a National Nature Reserve of international importance. Twice each day tides cover the 2.5 mile vehicle causeway and Lindisfarne reverts to island status for a few hours. The tide comes in extremely quickly, please check safe crossing times at either end of the causeway. If you arrive too early to cross, we recommend going for a coffee at the Barn at Beal which has a fantastic viewing point across to the island.

How to travel from Berwick to Holy Island:

By Car;

Please adhere to safe crossing times. The tidal water is very fast at covering the causeway. To travel by car head south on the A1 to the Beal junction then follow signposts. If you plan to travel around our beautiful coast why not hire a car?

East Coast Rental Ltd, Tel: 01289 307 611, Web: eastcoastrental.co.uk

Public Transport;

There is a direct bus route: Perryman’s route 477 (this is the only bus that travels onto the island). Arriva route X15/X18 stops at Beal garage. From Beal it is a five mile walk, so again please allow for the tide.

Cycle Route;

There is a cycle route, In the Tracks of the Monks to Holy Island. (We have secure bike storage at our guesthouse.)

To hire a bike we recommend our local bike shop, a few doors down from the guesthouse, Wilson Cycles where Norman and Ian are on hand to advise and help.

Taxi;

A local taxi from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Holy island will cost approximately £23. we recommend Premier Taxis 010289 330680 or A1 Taxis 01289 308 524.

Where to eat on Holy Island:

Barn at Beal – Beal Farm, Beal, Mainland Restaurant Lovely restaurant on the mainland with stunning views of Holy Island.
www.barnatbeal.com
Tel: 01289 540 044
Crown and Anchor – The Marketplace, Holy Island Public House Bar and accommodation, dogs permitted in the bar area.
www.holyislandcrown.co.uk
Tel: 01289 389 215
Manor House Hotel – The Marketplace, Holy Island Restaurant Bar and restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner.
www.manorhouselindisfarne.com
Tel: 01289 389 207
Pilgrims Coffee House – Falkland House, Marygate, Holy Island Cafe Beautiful little coffee house, for the coffee connoisseur. www.pilgrimscoffee.com

Get in touch to book your stay at The Captain's Quarters.

Tel: 01289 763 209

Email: info@sallyport.co.uk

The Captain's Quarters

House: 01289 763 209 | Mobile: 07591 598 574 | Email: info@sallyport.co.uk

Address: 1 Sallyport, Off Bridge Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1EZ