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: 13 April 2021

Current status

Like the rest of England, Holy Island follows the government’s Roadmap out of lockdown. There are no restrictions that are specific to Holy Island. Accommodation, pubs and cafes will reopen according to the above roadmap and their own readiness.

Please refresh your knowledge on how to cross the causeway safely. Every call-out puts the Coastguard and RNLI crews at risk.

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 (portaloos) have been put in place instead.

Disabled toilets: last time we checked, there are disabled portaloos in the Green Lane car park.

Food options

Until 17 May there are no indoor dining options. No dinner places are open, though you can get a takeaway from the Crown & Anchor beer garden before 6pm (it’s best to let them know in person earlier, in case they close early because of the tide). There may be further options. We’ll add updates as we get them.

What we know so far:

Crown & Anchor Pub

The garden bar, stocked with local Northumbrian ales and lagers, will be open from 12 noon.
They are serving a limited lunch/bar snack menu from 12pm till 6pm with takeaway available too.
No booking required, table service only on a first come first serve basis.
**Please note that times are subject to change depending on the weather and tide times**

The Ship Inn Pub

Remains closed until 17 May.

Manor House Hotel

Beer garden open from 9am serving food such and these Asian Monk fish skewers and burgers.
As well as some cold beers. The milky bar serves ice cream and hot chocolate.

1st Class Food

Open with seating outside, from 9am Mon-Sat (closing times depend on tides).

Pilgrims Coffee

Open with seating outside. Opening times vary depending on tides, and are advertised on their website.

The Island Shack (outside Lindisfarne Mead store)

Sells crab sandwiches, a selection of other sandwiches and toasties, burgers, hotdogs, chips, sweet potato fries. Open daily except Mondays. Opening times vary depending on tides and custom, but usually there from around 10/11am.

Oasis Cafe

Open daily with new remodelled outside eating area.

Barn at Beal (across the causeway)

Serving food and drinks on their terrace 9am – 4pm Monday to Sunday. They aren’t taking table reservations (first come first served) and service is weather dependant as the outdoor area is not covered.

Accommodation bookings

Note that summer dates (and September) are already being snapped up, so if you plan to stay on the island, don’t leave it to the last minute. If experience from what happened after the last lockdown was eased is anything to go by, accommodation on the island will be booked out completely. You can book your stay with us here. All our bookings are protected by our Covid guarantee (see bookings page for details).

Castle and Priory

Lindisfarne Castle

The castle is pencilled to reopen on Saturday, 22nd May. Details will be published closer to the time (you can still walk up to the castle while it is closed). The shop is open from 12 April.

Lindisfarne Priory

The Priory has reopened (outdoor areas only). Tickets must be booked in advance. You can book your visit here.


Most shops have reopened. Masks required. They’ll appreciate your business.

Public transport

The 477 bus Berwick-Holy Island operates Wednesdays and Saturdays in April. See our article about public transport to the island.