Admissions update

We have received a number of enquiries about pre booking.

There is no pre booking here, this includes Historic Houses members and the  Gardener’s World two-for-one card scheme. Please just present your card/cards at admissions in the usual way. We are taking card payments only.

Admission is at the High Street Gate in Little Walsingham, our striking 14th century gatehouse.

The gate is a couple of minutes’ walk from the Mill Car Park, 5 minutes from the coach park and a few steps round the corner from The Shirehall Museum in Common Place in Walsingham (our postal address).


Opening hours from May 31st 2021

We are pleased to say that from Monday May 31st we are extending our opening to Monday-Saturday.  Due to unforeseen circumstances we will however be closed on Wednesday 2nd June.

Visiting hours on Monday will be 11am-3.30pm. Tuesday -Saturday 11am-4pm. Entry at the High Street Gate. Card payments only.

We are now required to ask for contact details for everyone over 16 for NHS track and trace. The easiest way to do this is with the QR code on the posters at the entrance with the NHS Covid 19 app. Paper forms are available.


April 2021

Spring is definitely here, and we are pleased to say that Walsingham Abbey Grounds will reopen from Thursday 8th April.

Opening days and hours for April will be Thursday – Saturday, 11am-4pm with entry at the High Street Gate.

Please remember that it remains essential to continue to comply with social distancing rules.

No booking is required. Payments are by card only.

Government guidelines apply:

  • You can meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)

February 2021

Walsingham Abbey Grounds will be open for local exercise from Friday 26th February until Sunday 7th March inclusive.

We will then review our opening for the period from Monday 8th March up until Easter. 

Open 11am-4pm at the High Street Gate.

Walsingham Abbey Grounds is permitted to be open as a public open space, a category which includes heritage gardens.

Please remember that it is essential to continue to comply with social distancing rules, use the sanitiser provided and pay by card.

Government guidelines are:

You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

January 2021

Just they start to appear, we are sad to say that we will not be opening for snowdrops as planned, which was to be from 25th January.
We are very much hoping that it will be possible to open later in the season.
Meanwhile here’s a little clump of galanthus nivalis in a sunny spot earlier this week.

Visiting us in the new lockdown

We are pleased to say that the Abbey Grounds can open under the new lockdown rules.

From Wednesday 4th November the Abbey Grounds will be open four days a week, until 21st November.

Our opening hours will be Wednesday to Saturday 11am-4pm. We will be closed from Sunday to Tuesday.

You may visit as one household or support bubble.  

An individual may visit with one person from another household, plus babies and children under school age. 

As indoor spaces must remain closed we cannot open the crypt or museum.

You are welcome to bring a picnic.

Dogs are welcome too (on leads please).

Opening hours for November

How encouraging it has been to see so many visitors enjoying the Abbey Grounds over the past few weeks.

From 2nd -21st November we will be open for four days a week: Wednesday-Saturday 11am-4pm.  (Closed Sunday-Tuesday).

We close for the winter on 21st November, we hope to reopen as usual for snowdrops at the end of January 2021.


Rule of Six

In line with government guidance, we are permitted to continue to admit more people in total but no one should visit us in a group of more than six people. 

Groups of more than six people cannot be admitted unless you all live together (or are in the same support bubble)

You should avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know.

We are Good to Go

We are pleased to say that we have been accredited with the Visit England ‘Good to Go’ Industry Standard mark.

Acquiring the Industry Standard mark means that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

We have put up distancing signpost reminders, installed hand sanitiser at the entrance and trained our staff in COVID hygiene precautions. Our admissions staff are protected by being inside what we call our ‘Wendy house’ with payment taken from behind a screen. We do not have pre booking facilities, but please be aware and comply with social distancing should a queue form.