Welcome to Walsingham Abbey, where the grounds surrounding our historic house are famous for the spectacular ruins of the mediaeval Priory of our Lady of Walsingham.

We are pleased to say that we can now reopen the Abbey Grounds to visitors.

The entrance to the Abbey Grounds is normally at Walsingham’s Georgian Shirehall Museum, but for the moment the Shirehall Museum will remain closed. Entry for now will be in Walsingham’s medieval High Street, at the medieval gatehouse built as the main entrance to the Priory in the mid 14th century.

Visitors can explore the Priory ruins, wildflower meadows, woodland which is romantically green in summer, and quiet river walks alongside the Stiffkey. You can play, or picnic. Dogs are very welcome if kept on the lead.

‘Walsingham’ is two unspoiled, connected North Norfolk villages, Little, or ‘New’ Walsingham, and a mile away, Great or ‘Old’ Walsingham; both have a wealth of historic buildings as well as shops and places to eat and drink. 

Walsingham has a long history of religious pilgrimage, dating back to the 11th century. Today here at Walsingham Abbey we welcome any and all modern pilgrims, from any denomination, or none. All are very welcome.

Latest news

Reopening Saturday 4th July

We are pleased to be able to reopen on Saturday 4th July. We will be open from that date with our usual hours for this time of year, which are daily, 11am-4pm. Admission will be at the High Street Gate. Card payments only please. See our visitor information for details.  

COVID-19 update

In common with other Historic Houses parks, gardens and houses, we have temporarily closed following government advice and with regard to the importance of ensuring the health and safety of both visitors and our staff. We look forward to being open again and welcoming visitors to Walsingham Abbey. Privately owned gardens and open air spaces …