The Ship Inn - Holy Island of Lindisfarne

There has been a public house located on this part of the island for several hundred years. Formerly called the Northumberland Arms in 1995 the building was renamed as The Ship Inn, although the Islanders still affectionately refer to the pub as “The Tavern”.

Family run,the inn a “Free House” proudly maintain the high standards which have earned the business a 4 star rating. The inn offers a warm welcome with traditional ales, wines, spirits, good home cooked food and in recent years now has its own distillery where the sought after Holy Island Gin is manufactured.

Situated in the part of the village known as Marygate the inn is perfectly located for visiting Lindisfarne Castle, the Harbour and the Priory.

The Inn has a traditional bar area providing a warm ambience with wood panelled walls adorned with artifacts of life at sea with various photographs and paintings showing a history of island life from days past to the present day.

Leading off the bar is carpeted lounge area with exposed island stone and wood panelling in the evening the lounge is run as a restaurant where meals can be enjoyed in the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

At the rear of the inn, entered via the public bar is the lovely south facing landscaped beer garden which always proves a magnet when fair weather prevails. The garden sits in a very sheltered sunny position and with ample seating has become extremely popular in summer months enabling customers to enjoy the warmth of sun away from the sea breezes. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in our beer garden.

For those that want longer periods on the island the inn offers accommodation to a very high standard with en suite facilities in all bedrooms. However, dogs and other pets are not permitted in the guest rooms.

The Ship Inn has featured on a number of television programmes, namely ITV’s “Diary of An Island”, BBC 2 “Working Lunch”, BBC drama “Cold Feet”, and in many national newspaper reviews promoting the 100 Kilometre

St. Cuthbert’s walk starting from Melrose to Holy Island receiving a warm welcome at The Ship Inn.



In line with the latest Government compliance to operate in the Covid-19 Pandemic the following has been implemented:


  • We can only accept a maximum of 6 persons from the same household or support bubble
  • Mixed households cannot share the same table
  • On entering the building the NHS Track & Trace App is now available, if not used we will ask for your name and contact details.
  • Masks must be worn on entering the premises, the use of hand sanitiser will be provided at strategic points within the building.
  • Masks may be removed whilst at your reserved table but must be worn when leaving the premises or visiting the public toilets within the building.
  • All persons will be seated at a preselected table, food and drink is via table service.
  • Tables will be spaced at 1 metre plus.
  • A pre-booked table for meals will be reserved for room guests
  • Day visitors to the island can pre book
  • To reserve a table, please telephone 01289 389311 or email us at: the_ship_inn@btconnect.com
  • Evening meals served every night 6.00 - 8.00 pm
  • Lunches served Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12.00 - 2.30 pm
  • For room guests, a pre- ordered light lunch is available Monday-Thursday.

We would like to thank all of our customers and staff who have supported us to date through these very difficult times.

We look forward to welcoming you.