The iconic Lindisfarne Castle is to close for 18 months for a £3 million conservation project.
The National Trust has announced the castle will close from November 1 until April 2018.
The location of the Grade 1 listed building overlooking the North Sea means that it has been subject to the ravages of the elements throughout its 460 year history and the large-scale project is essential to ensure that the much-loved building can be conserved for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
The extensive works will focus on addressing penetrating damp issues and restoring the stonework, pointing and windows.
Restoration work will be carried out by a team of conservation specialists.
Nick Lewis, house steward of Lindisfarne Castle, said: “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.”
Whilst the castle will remain closed during the 2017 visitor season, visitors can still enjoy the idyllic setting of Holy Island. Within the castle grounds the Jekyll walled garden, brought to life in 1911 by noted garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, as well as the imposing 19th century lime kilns – a reminder of Lindisfarne’s industrial heritage - and visitor shop will all remain open.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy the outdoor space around the castle including footpaths across the headland. Local businesses and other attractions will also remain open as usual.