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 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, with some visiting in organised groups. 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 2016:

Open daily to Sunday 6th November, 11am-4pm

7th November 2016 -30th January 2017, Abbey Grounds only, entry at Walsingham Estate Office, adjacent to Museum.

Opening hours 11-1 and 2-4

Admission Adult £5.00. Child 6-16 £2.50

Season tickets Adult £15.00

Family (2 adults & 3 children) £45

Historic Houses Associ
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. 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.  

Parking Old Mill Car Park pay & display, 70p p/h, 2 mins walk.

Coaches 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.

Dogs on leads welcome.