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

Tourist Information

The Shirehall Museum, Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP

Opening hours

Weekends in March 11am-4pm

Weekdays in March 11-1 & 2-4

Grounds only, entrance at Walsingham Estate Office, Common Place

Walsingham NR22 6BP

April-October daily 11am-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. Stout footwear recommended.

Dogs welcome, must be on a lead.

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. Entrance at the Shirehall Museum

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

Come and enjoy the coming of spring as daffodils follow snowdrops on walks through 18 acres of  woodland.

Dogs on leads welcome.