Saturday, 29 November 2014
An important centre for early Christianity, Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island is the ruin of a 12th century priory church. It was built on the site of an earlier monastery founded in 635 AD by St Aiden and was home to the celebrated holy man St Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne. Subject to attacks by Vikings, the monks left the priory in 875 AD. Returning in 1150, a new monastery was built on the site which remained until the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century. The site is now owned and maintained by English Heritage.
It was late in the afternoon when we entered the priory and we were fortunate to be the only visitors at the time. The peace and serenity of the site is striking and the extensive ruins are truly impressive. The Podlings had a wonderful time exploring them and were also rather thrilled with the cat that was exploring the ruins at the same time! We enjoyed the museum and as ever the girls were thrilled with the gift shop! Lindisfarne Priory is a fascinating and impressive site, definitely worth a visit.