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Access and Parking on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
There are only a small number of roads on Holy Island, all of which serve the village or head out towards the castle and harbour. There is restricted access in and out of the village. Unless you have a blue badge it is always easier to park at the main car park on the approach to the village – It’s the first thing you will see, on your left, as you come onto the Island.
Please note, the roads within the village can be narrow and there is a one-way/no-entry system in place on some roads. Also, access to the harbour is only for vehicles that are authorised and towards the castle.
Holy Island can be a busy place and parking can be at a premium during summer. Please do not park in the village itself, and find a spot in the car parks noted below.
Available Car Parks on Holy Island
There are two car parks for visitors of the Island:
- One for all visitors on the approach to the village – Chare Ends, just as you come onto the island. This car park operates a Pay and Display system (details and costs below).
- One for blue-badge holders and coaches only on Green Lane (details below).
Free allocated parking for guests of Belvue Guesthouse
If you are staying with us at Belvue Guesthouse, we have free allocated parking at the front of the guesthouse, for a standard size vehicle, for each of our rooms. If you’d like to stay, details about our rooms can be found here.
Blue badge holders and coaches car park
This car park has fewer spaces than the main one, so if you have a blue badge and can’t find parking here there is an overflow car park right next to it, or you can turn around and find parking at the main car park at Chare Ends, and then you can use the castle shuttle from there. Note that there are no reserved disabled bays in the main (Chare Ends) car park.
Do not park in the disabled car park unless you have the right to do so. There are parking wardens who visit the island and do ticket visitors who park illegally, with culprits facing a fine of up to £70. If you are unsure which car park is which, the disabled car park has a public toilet and has coaches parking there.
There are toilets at this car park.
Main car park regulations and costs
The main car park has a large information point and is much larger than the disabled/coach car park. It is only a 5-minute walk from the car park to the village centre and everything is walking-distance within the village itself. This car park is pay and display and managed by Northumberland Council. Overnight parking is not allowed, though you can pay for 72 hour parking*, which will also be valid at Station Yard (Seahouses), Craster, Newton Steads (High Newton by the sea) and Low Newton . If you are staying overnight, your accommodation provider will advise you where to park.
Prices (correct as of Sep 2019):
3 hours £3.50
24 hours £5.50
48 hours £11*
72 hours £16.50*
Some of the payment machines in the car park also take card payments (the one at the very centre of the car park definitely does, at the time of writing).
Update: as of August 2020, you can also pay by phone in Holy Island Car Parks.
We know it’s confusing that one sign says ‘No overnight parking:” and the other allows you to buy a parking permit for 72 hours. We’ve written to Northumberland County Council to clarify the position, as we think it’s not consistent. We’ll update this post once we get a response (it’s been a while, not sure we’ll get one). Same issue with access for campervans. It is arguable that the current Parking Order (next to the ticket machines) is the most current, and therefore both campervans (parking, not sleeping) and overnight parking are allowed, but we don’t want to mislead you, in case this isn’t correct.
Holy Island Village: Limited Parking
Parking outside of the car parks within the village is limited, due to narrow streets. Parking here is for residents, people visiting them, and those staying in a hotels or b&b on the island. If you are visiting for the day, please be considerate and park in the main car park.
For those who can’t or don’t want to walk, There is a minibus, operated by Woody’s Taxis, which runs into the village and out to the castle for a small fee from next to the information stand in the car park. The minibus service is open the same times as Lindisfarne Castle and usually operates on the hour, 20 past and 20 to the hour.
Overnight campervan camping is not allowed on Holy Island (neither is camping of any kind). See our article about camping and caravanning in the area.
PARKING TERMS SIGN CONTENT FOR THOSE USING SCREEN READERS:
Northumberland County Council/ Chare Ends Car Park
Maximum stay 72 hours (no return within 6 hours). Pay and Display 08.00 – 18.00, Monday to Sunday. See ticket machine for tariff details. Please find parking space first. Display ticket inside front windscreen.
Main conditions of use
- Display a valid pay and display ticket or permit
- Display a valid Blue Badge when parked in a disabled bay
- Park in orderly rows without obstructing the entrance, exit footpaths or other parked vehicles
- No sleeping, cooking or camping
- no HGV’s or coaches
Failure to comply with the conditions of use and regulations within the relevant Traffic Regulation Order may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued.
Northumberland Countywide. Pay and Display valid in this car park. Parking Discs are NOT valid in this car park.
Disabled Blue Badge Holders
- Disabled badges must be displayed when parked in a disabled bay
- Maximum stay applies to all parking bays.