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.
Admission is at the Shirehall, for 200 years a courtroom, and 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.
Snowdrop walks: 27 January to 4 March, every day, 10am to 4pm. Shirehall Museum, prison, grounds: March weekends and 26 March to 4 November, every day, 11am to 4pm.
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.
Nearby pay and display village car park. 2 mins walk. From £2 for up to 2 hours. £3 for 4 hours. All day £5.
Historic Houses members visit for free except on charity days.
Child 6-16: £2.50
Under 6: free.
- Accessible toilets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Guide dogs welcome
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For guided, including the Abbey Grounds and Museum, contact Mrs Scilla Landale: 07747 693235
A word from the owner
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School groups are welcome, school visits are mostly arranged with the education department of the Anglican Shrine. We welcome self-guided school groups.