Walsingham Abbey

Home to the remains of a mediaeval Priory, a classic English landscape with garden features of the nineteenth century created from scattered antiquarian ruins.

Little Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6BP

Walsingham Abbey ruin in Norfolk

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Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • No parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Walsingham Abbey is famous for the spectacular remains of the mediaeval Priory and place of pilgrimage, destroyed at the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The Grounds are also renowned for snowdrops filling the woodland garden in February. Both bring visitors from all over the world, all year round.

Remodelled in the early 19th century by Sir John Soane’s designer John Haverfield, the Abbey house sits in a classic English landscape, reminiscent of Repton, with garden features of the 1800s created from scattered medieval ruins.

The Shirehall, currently closed (open again from early 2022), was for 200 years a courtroom, and is in original 18th century condition. Built as a pilgrim hostel, then a court, now a museum, here you can sit in the dock or the judge’s chair. Displays remind of harsh punishments in the past, together with the history of pilgrimage.

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Opening Times


Snowdrop walks: 24 January to end of February, daily, 10am to 4pm.

Shirehall Museum, the prison, and the grounds: March weekends, 11am-4pm; then from April to October, every day, 11am-4pm.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free except on charity days.

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Adult: £5.50

Child 6-16: £2.50

Under 6: free.

Group Visits

The Abbey Grounds are open throughout the year and groups are welcome.

Pilgrims, whether individual or in organised groups, are welcome at any time during our usual opening hours. Special opening outside our usual hours can be arranged on request.

For group bookings: telephone 01328 820259 or email

For guided, including the Abbey Grounds and Museum, contact Mrs Scilla Landale: 07747 693 235.

Educational Visits

School groups are welcome, school visits are mostly arranged with the education department of the Anglican Shrine. We welcome self-guided school groups.

  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Mr & Mrs Meath Baker

While filming 'Glorious 39' here a few years ago, shooting August in November, our Aga came in useful to dry Romola Garai's pink ballet slippers (it was very wet and wardrobe had only supplied one pair)...

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