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£1.2m funding to preserve Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle. Credit: National Trust

Government funding of £1.2m has been secured to preserve Lindisfartne Castle for future generations.

The castle, on Holy Island, is deteriorating due to its exposure to salt, wind and sea.

The exposed location of the castle on the Northumberland coastline puts the fabric of the building under constant pressure from the elements.

As a result the building suffers from penetrating damp which in some areas puts the Castles contents at risk. There are also many leaking historic windows.

Lindisfarne Castle is a popular tourist destination, with nearly 100,000 visitors each year. Built in around 1550, it now has Grade 1 Listed status.

The National Trust is delighted to secure funding towards the future of Lindisfarne Castle. Northumberland welcomes nearly 9 million visitors each year, who contribute over £700 million to the local economy, so this investment in one of the region’s most iconic attractions is greatly welcomed. The Castle suffers because of its exposed coastal location. This project to enhance the Castle will ensure the long term stability and future of this iconic landmark that is loved by so many people. The funding is great news for Northumberland, for tourism, for heritage and for Holy Island and we are grateful of the support offered.”

– Simon Lee, general manager for the National Trust on the Northumberland Coast

Work will begin this summer to trial conservation techniques for the castle, with a view to project work beginning in 2017.

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