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:

Snowdrop Walks

Open daily from Saturday 30th January - Sunday 6th March 2016. 10am-4pm

Admission Adult £5.00. Child 6-16 £2.50

Charity Day Saturday 13th February

Season tickets Adult £15.00

Family (2 adults & 3 children) £45

Free entry to Members and
logo link to Historic Houses Association website
Friends of the Historic Houses Association except on Charity Day.



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. A light manual wheelchair is easier to manoeuvre on wet muddy ground than powered chairs. Manual wheelchair available on request.

link to Walsingham village website
snowdrop carpet in February

Directions See the Map page. Entrance at the Shirehall Museum. Snowdrop weekends, entry at the High Street Gate

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 our beautiful snowdrop walks, with paths along the River Stiffkey, and through 18 acres of woodland.

Dogs on leads welcome.

Open daily from 30th January - 6th March