The monastery of Lindisfarne was founded by St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, who had been sent from Iona, off the west coast of Scotland to Northumbria at the request of King St. Oswald of Northumbria around 635 A.D. It became the base for Christian evangelism in the North of England, and also sent a successful mission to Mercia. Monks from the community of Iona settled on the island.
Recently Lindisfarne has become the centre for the revival of so-called "Celtic Christianity" in the North of England; the minister of the church there is a well-known author of Celtic Christian books and prayers. Following from this Lindisfarne has become a popular retreat center, as well as holiday destination.