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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
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • No parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility
  • 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 of Our Lady, one of England’s most visited places of pilgrimage, which was destroyed at the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

The Abbey Grounds are also renowned for the swathes of naturalised snowdrops filling the woodland garden from late January into 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 was Walsingham’s courtroom for 200 years, and the court is in original 18th century condition. Originally built in the 15th century as a pilgrim hostel, it was converted to create a court in the 1770s and is now a museum. You are at liberty to explore it, to sit in the dock, on the jury benches or the judge’s chair. Museum displays remind of harsh punishments in the past, together with the history of pilgrimage.

Access to the Museum is from within the Abbey Grounds and included with admission.

Opening Times

2022

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

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free except on charity days. No need to book.

Adult: £6.00

Child 6-16: £2.50

Under 6: free

Group Visits

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

For group bookings and rates

For guided tours

including the Abbey Grounds and Museum
Contact Mrs Scilla Landale
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.

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

Getting here

Little Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6BP

Between Fakenham and Wells-next-the-Sea on B1105.

Walsingham is on National Cycle route 1 and close to the Wells & Holkham circuit. This is a 10 mile circular route for cyclists and walkers, using part of National Route 1 and the Norfolk Coast Cycleway.

PARKING

Nearby pay and display village car park. 2 mins walk. From £2.50 for up to 2 hours. £4 for 4 hours.

Entry is at the High Street Gate ///remover.dusted.reliving

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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