The grounds of 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, by tradition dating back to the 11th century.

‘Walsingham’ consists of two unspoiled North Norfolk villages, Little, or ‘New’ Walsingham, and 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, also the entrance to the Abbey Grounds and provides local Tourist Information.

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

Autumn opening hours

April-2 November: daily 11am-4pm

Admission £4.00. Children 6-16 £2.50

Winter opening is Grounds only.

November, December, January 2015

Mon-Fri 11-1 and 2-4

Closed Dec 23-Jan 4

Snowdrop Walks open 31 January 2015

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 and Museum open daily 11-4 until 2 November

Come and enjoy the autumn colours as the leaves turn.

Dogs on leads welcome.