Holy Island (Lindisfarne): What’s open and what’s closed? (Covid-19)

Holy Island is open

We’re getting lots of queries about what is and isn’t open on the island, so we’re keeping this page live and updated regularly.

Last updated: 3 September 2021

Current status

Holy island is open for visitors. Like the rest of England, it follows the government’s Roadmap out of lockdown. There are no restrictions that are specific to Holy Island. Accommodation, shops, pubs and cafes have all reopened.

North Sea tides continue to operate as usual and are unaffected by government restrictions. Please refresh your knowledge on how to cross the causeway to the island safely before you visit.

Holy Island parking and public toilets

Car parks and public toilets on the island are open. The public toilets in the Green Lane car park are closed for renovation, but temporary facilities (portable toilets) have been put in place instead. As the contractor for the toilet renovation has gone into administration, they are not likely to reopen in 2021.

Disabled toilets: last time we checked, there are (slightly wider) disabled portable toilet in the Green Lane car park. They are not huge, and we’re unsure how manoeuvrable they are for wheelchair users.

Food options

All food establishment on the island have reopened. It is highly recommended you book dinner in advance (ideally a week or two before, if possible), as dinner places are limited and will sell out during high season. As with the rest of the country, some hospitality venues are short-staffed, and service might take longer. Please be understanding with them. They’ve not had an easy time. See our information page about food options.

Accommodation bookings

September is nearly sold out on the island, with availability mainly being through cancellations. October dates are being snapped up, so if you plan to stay on the island, don’t leave it to the last minute. Based on bookings so far, accommodation on the island will be booked out completely for a good part of the winter. You can check our availability at Belvue Guesthouse here. All our bookings are protected by our Covid guarantee (see bookings page for details).

Castle and Priory

Lindisfarne Castle

The castle has reopened. Tickets must be booked in advance. You can book your visit here.

Lindisfarne Priory

The Priory has reopened, and no longer requires set time slots, but it’s recommended you book your tickets in advance, as they are not always available to purchase onsite. You can book your visit here.


Most shops have reopened. Please wear masks. They’ll appreciate your business.

Public transport

The 477 bus Berwick-Holy Island and the shuttle from Haggerston Castle now operate as usual. See our article about public transport to the island for more details.