Where to park on Holy Island (Lindisfarne)

Pay and Display Car Park sign at Chare Ends car park, Holy Island

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 please 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.

Note that traffic wardens are very active in island car parks. A recent FOI request (2022), revealed that Holy Island’s main car park had one of the highest numbers of fines issued for non-payment – the third highest in Northumberland.

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). The postcode for the main Holy Island car park is TD15 2SE.
  • One for blue-badge holders and coaches only on Green Lane (details below). The postcode for the blue-badge/coach car park is TD15 2SX.

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. 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 (2022). 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.

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points

New EV charging points have been introduced in the Green Lane car park. You can charge your car there and then move it to the main car park. Please vacate the bay as soon as your car is charged.

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. You cannot park here overnight, even if you have bought a 72-hour ticket. If you are staying overnight, your accommodation provider will advise you where to park.

Prices (correct as of Sep 2022):

3 hours £5.00
4 hours £6.00
5 hours £7.00
24 hours £8 (but no overnight parking)
48 hours £16 (but no overnight parking)
72 hours £24 (but no overnight parking)

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. Our understanding is that overnight parking is definitely not allowed, though you can buy a 72-hour ticket and come back the next day, or use the same ticket to park at Station Yard (Seahouses), Craster, Newton Steads (High Newton by the sea) and Low Newton.

Pay by phone details for Holy Island

Parking order:

Terms and Conditions of Parking sign, Chare Ends Car Park Holy Island.
Terms and Conditions Sign for parking at Chare Ends Car Park, Holy Island.


Holy Island Chare Ends Car Park Entrance Sign
Holy Island Chare Ends Car Park Entrance Sign. No Overnight parking.

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.

Campervan/Camping overnight

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.


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.

Please contact us on 0345 600 6400 for enquiries/faults. Visit our website parking.northumberland.gov.uk for more information on parking and to view our privacy policy.

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