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Lindisfarne Castle to close for £3m conservation project

Lindisfarne Castle Photo: PA images

The National Trust has announced Lindisfarne Castle is set to close from November 2016 till April 2018 while it undergoes £3 million conservation works.

The castle, on Holy Island in Northumberland, is a Grade 1 listed building which overlooks the North Sea.

Due to its exposed location, the National Trust says it has been "ravaged" by the elements throughout its 460 year history and the large-scale project is essential to ensure that the building is conserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

The extensive works will focus on addressing damp issues and restoring the stonework, painting and windows.

Lindisfarne Castle Credit: PA images

“The spectacular location of Lindisfarne Castle is part of what makes this place special but it also means that it has been ravaged by wind, rain and tides for hundreds of years.

Investing in this conservation work will mean that we can secure the future of this important building and ensure its survival for the enjoyment of future generations.

Whilst it is a very difficult decision to have to close the Castle, it is essential in order to complete these works safely and as quickly as possible within the tight spaces of this historic site.

The castle sits in a beautiful setting on Holy Island with wide-reaching views towards the mainland and North Sea and visitors will still be able to enjoy walks around the gardens and headland and we hope they will return to see the completed project in April 2018.”

– Nick Lewis, House Steward of Lindisfarne Castle