The garden and grounds surrounding Walsingham Abbey are famous for the spectacular ruins of the mediaeval Priory and place of pilgrimage, together with an unrivalled display of massed snowdrops in February. 

Walsingham has a long history of religious pilgrimage, dating back to the 11th century.

‘Walsingham’ is in fact two unspoiled North Norfolk villages, Little, or ‘New’ Walsingham, and a mile away, Great or ‘Old’ Walsingham; both have a wealth of historic buildings, shops and places to eat and drink.

The Georgian Shirehall, for 200 years a courtroom but originally built as a pilgrim hostel, is now a Museum, and your way in to the Abbey Grounds.

Visitors today can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere surrounding the Priory ruins, wildflower meadows, 18 acres of woodland carpeted with snowdrops in the season, or romantically green in summer, and quiet river walks alongside the Stiffkey.

Walsingham hosts many modern pilgrims, and all denominations, or none, are welcome.

Welcome to Walsingham Abbey

view of ruined arch and snowdrops

Walsingham Abbey Grounds

The Shirehall Museum

Local Tourist Information

The Shirehall Museum, Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP

Opening hours winter 2017/18:

To Friday 24th January 2018:

Grounds only Monday-Friday 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

Snowdrop Walks 2018

Open Saturday 27th January-Sunday 4th March. Daily 10am-4pm

Admission Adult £5.00. Child 6-16 £2.50

Season tickets From  £15.00

Walsingham Abbey is a member of the Historic Houses Associ
logo link to Historic Houses Association website

Free entry to Members and Friends of the Historic Houses Association (no free admission on charity days).


Woodland walks and grass paths, can be slippery. Stout footwear recommended.

Dogs welcome, must be on a lead.

Wheelchair users can reach some, but not all, of the woodland. Some gravel and some boarded pathways. Rough meadow grass and unsurfaced woodland paths. Manual wheelchair available on request.

link to Walsingham village website
snowdrop carpet in February

Directions & Parking

Entrance is at the Shirehall Museum.  

Cars only Old Mill Car Park pay & display, 2 mins walk.

Coaches & cars  Coach park pay and display, 10 mins walk.

the pack horse bridge in summer
Shirehall museum tourist information centre and Abbey entrance

Come and enjoy the peace of the ruins, walks along the River Stiffkey, and 18 acres of woodland carpeted with snowdrops in February.

Dogs on leads welcome.