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.

The Georgian Shirehall, for 200 years a courtroom but originally built as a pilgrim hostel, is now a Museum, and the 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 Abbey hosts many modern pilgrims, with some visiting in organised groups. All denominations, or none, are welcome.


Welcome to Walsingham Abbey

view of ruined arch and snowdrops

Entrance to Walsingham Abbey Grounds & Tourist Information:

The Shirehall Museum, Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP

January opening is to the Grounds and Ruins only.

Mon-Fri 11-1 and 2-4

Snowdrop Walks 2015

Open daily from Saturday 31 January-Sunday 8th March 10am-4pm

Admission £4.00. Children 6-16 £2.50

logo link to Historic Houses Association website
Free entry to Members and Friends of the Historic Houses Association



Woodland walks and grass paths can be slippery and/or muddy.

We recommend stout footwear.

Dogs are welcome, must be

kept on a lead at all times.

Wheelchair users can reach some, if not all, of the woodland, with some gravel and some boarded pathways. A wheelchair is available to borrow free on request.

link to Walsingham village website
snowdrop carpet in February

Directions See the Map page

Car parking Old Mill Car Park pay & display 2 mins walk.

Coaches Coach park pay and display, 5 mins walk.

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

Grounds only open until 31 January

Mon-Fri 11-1 and 2-4 

Come and enjoy the first signs of spring as the early snowdrops start to come up.

Dogs on leads welcome.