The garden and grounds surrounding Walsingham Abbey are famous for the spectacular ruins of the medieval Priory of our Lady of Walsingham, one of the medieval world’s most important places of pilgrimage.

In the late 17th century a country house, known as Walsingham Abbey, was built over part of the ruins. Then in the early 19th century the house was enlarged and a landscaped park laid out around it. Over time along the river and woodland walks surrounding the house, an unrivalled display of massed snowdrops has been established, a truly remarkable sight in early spring.  

‘Walsingham’ is two unspoiled, closely linked North Norfolk villages. Little, or ‘New’ Walsingham, and nearby Great or ‘Old’ Walsingham; less than a mile apart, together they offer a wealth of historic buildings, shops and places to eat, drink and stay.

The long history of religious pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which ceased at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538, has been revived in modern times. Both the Anglican and Roman Catholic Shrines now bring many thousands of pilgrims to Walsingham each year.


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

30th March-3rd November

Daily 11am-4pm

4th November-25th Jan 2020

Mon-Fri 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Admission £5.50. Child 6-16 £2.50

Season tickets From £16.00

Walsingham Abbey offers FREE admission to Members of Historic Houses.

Join using our code WALS10 for £5 discount on membership


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

Our entrance is at the Shirehall Museum in Common Place.  

Car parking 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 among the ruins, snowdrop walks along the River Stiffkey, and 18 acres of woodland and river walks.

Dogs on leads welcome.