|One of the most iconic panoramas in North East England|
|A model of the original castle|
This is a beautiful place in a beautiful setting. Lindisfarne Castle is on Holy Island, which is not a true island, it is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is flooded for part of the day by the tide.
|The white hut is a refuge if you are caught by the incoming tide|
Lindisfarne Castle is misnamed. It was built in 1570 - 1572, during the reign of Elizabeth 1st as an artillery battery as part of the coastal defences. During the English Civil War it was held by Parliamentary forces. In 1715, during one of the Jacobite Rebellions, it had a garrison of two and was captured by two Jacobites who held it for a short time, waiting for reinforcements that never arrived. In 1882 it had three 64pounder cannons, manned by the Volunteer Coastal Artillery. It was abandoned in 1893.
An industrialist/entrepreneur named Edward Hudson acquired the fort in 1901 and asked his friend, the architect Edwin Lutyens, to remodel it as a country retreat. This was the last major work done on the fort. It is now a National Trust property, open to the public.
|Lower Battery position, probably Napoleonic era|
|Lutyens designed, main entrance and kitchen block|
|Long Gallery external|
|Upper Battery, looking back towards the stairs|
|Long Gallery internal|