Lundy Island Barnstaple
National Trust
Bristol Channel
Devon EX39 2LY
 
 
 
 
Lundy is a small granite island owned by the National Trust, 25 miles (40 kms) from Ilfracombe on the west coast of Devon. During the summer months Lundy is open to day-visitors. As well, the Landmark Trust rents self-catering holiday cottages for visitors wishing to spend longer than a day on the island.

Although situated in the Bristol Channel, the island’s west coast faces the full force of the Atlantic weather. The cottages can also be rented during the winter months when access to the island is by helicopter only.
 
Marine Conservation Area
Lundy provides a relaxing, peaceful haven for walkers, and nature-lovers with its variety of migratory seabirds, heath land and grassland habitats and the Lundy ponies. Designated the first Marine Conservation Area, Lundy offers opportunities for diving and seal watching. NOTE: Dogs are not permitted on Lundy.
 
The island measures 3 miles (4.8 km) long by 0.5 miles (0.8 km) wide and is car-free. There is a small village with an inn, a Victorian church and the 13th century Marisco Castle. There is dramatic coastal scenery, and plenty of remnants from an ancient and turbulent history.
 
Facilities consist of a privately owned licensed tavern with restaurant, and a shop supplying basic necessities and the unique Lundy postage stamps – these are highly sought after by collectors.
 
Letter-Boxing
A unique way of exploring Lundy is by ‘letter-boxing’.
...A little like a treasure hunt, you follow a set of clues that takes you around the island to discover hidden boxes with a message pad inside….From the shop you can buy a map and set of clues, a Lundy notebook, a pencil, and an ink stamp pad.
 
Thanks go to Helen Buhaenko for this gem of information.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Hotels.com here:    External Link
 
Lundy History 
Lundy has been inhabited since Neolithic times and Celtic gravestones can be seen in Beacon Hill cemetery near the 19th century Old Light. Lundy’s location in the Bristol Channel gave it a key role in protecting the important sea ports on the Devon coast from raiders.
 
In 1160, Lundy was granted to the Knights Templar by King Henry II; however ownership was claimed by the Marisco family who were living there. After the eviction of the Marisco family on orders of King Henry III, a period of instability followed with piracy, smuggling and all manner of lawlessness.
 
It was in this period that the now named ‘Marisco’ castle was built in an attempt to establish the rule of law on the island and its surrounding waters.
 
Wildlife, flora, fauna & Basking Sharks
The Island is now a magnet for all lovers of nature. It is a favoured destination as it is home to a fascinating variety of wildlife, flora and fauna.
 
In summer, basking sharks cruise the clear waters and grey seals can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks. On the sheltered eastern side can be seen chaffinches, stonechats and other songbirds while on the western cliffs, you might spot the endangered Puffins.
 
A number of rare birds have been recorded on Lundy, particularly those from the North American continent having been swept to the island by Atlantic gales. The bird list totals some 317 species.
 
Plan Your Visit  
Accommodation - The Landmark Trust
Twenty-three of the island’s historic buildings now provide self-catering accommodation for the visitor and are operated by The Landmark Trust. Rentals are for a week.
 
The Landmark Trust advises that Lundy’s extraordinary accommodation ranges from the 13th century Marisco Castle Keep, a late Georgian gentleman's villa, the lighthouse inspectors’ cottages to the Tibbetts naval lookout post. All the accommodation on Lundy is owned and run by The Landmark Trust which also manages the island on behalf of the National Trust.
 
Availability & Bookings
Lundy Shore Office, The Quay, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2LY
Telephone  +44 (0)1628 825 925
Website  The Landmark Trust - Lundy Island    External Link
 
National Trust
Website   National Trust - Lundy Island    External Link
 
Lundy Island Local Website
Website   Lundy Island    External Link
 
Opening Times
- Day Trip Visitors: From March to October 7 days a week
- Holiday Rentals:  All year.
 
Admission Costs
Entry admission is included in the cost of getting to the island. Discounts are available to NT Members.
 
Getting to Lundy, Costs & Parking
March to end October (summer) the Island ferry MS Oldenburg sails to Lundy from Bideford or Ilfracombe, according to tides, up to four days a week. Check sailing timetable on the Lundy Island website and go to 'Sailing & Charters - MS Oldenberg/timetable'  Web:Lundy Island    External Link
 
Sometimes return sailings dock at a different port from which you departed. Free transfers back to your vehicle are provided.
 
However, in winter (normally November to mid March each year) the journey is by helicopter leaving from Hartland Point, some 20 km west of Bideford. Flying time is approximately 7 minutes. One flight a day leaves on Monday and Friday (weather permitting).
 
For ship and helicopter bookings and journey costs, again go to the Landmark Trust website or contact the Lundy Shore Office as detailed above.
 
Tourist Information Centres in North Devon, North Cornwall and West Somerset can make bookings and provide information on Lundy Island.
 
Getting to mainland exit port for Lundy Island
- Getting to Barnstaple for onward journey to Bideford and Ilfracombe:
By Train from London
Bideford and Ilfracombe are not on a direct rail connection from London or Bristol. Passengers should take the approximately hourly First Great Western train service from London Paddington to Plymouth.
 
Exit the train at Exeter and transfer to the First Great Western train service from Exeter to Barnstaple train & bus station. Journey time is approximately 3½ hours. For timetable, seat availability and ticketing go to Web: National Rail Enquiries    External Link
 
- Getting to Bideford or Ilfracombe from Barnstaple
Bideford is approximately14 km (almost 9 miles); Ilfracombe is approximately 19 km (almost 12 mile).
 
Take the frequent First Group bus service from Barnstaple Bus Station to either Bideford (Services 1 – outward & 2 – return) or to Ilfracombe Bus Station (Service 3). Refer First Group website for timetable information and costs Web: First Bus Devon weblink    External Link
 
- By Car from London
From the M25 London Ring Road exit at Junction 15 on to the M4 to Bristol and South Wales. Continue past the road to Bath (Junction 18) and the roads into Bristol.
 
At Junction 20, the north/south M5 meets the M25 (just prior to the Severn Crossing). Leave the M4 at Junction 20 and take the M5 South passing Weston-Super-Mare, Bridgewater, and Taunton heading towards Exeter.
 
At Junction 27, leave the M5 motorway and head West on the A361 through South Molton towards Barnstaple. If heading to Ilfracombe, continue on the A361 through Braunton to Ilfracombe. To reach Bideford take the A39 South from Barnstaple for around 10km.
 
There is Public parking at Bideford and Ilfracombe for ferries (Pay & Display)
 
Google Maps - Lundy Isle