Visitor information

Opening hours

We open for snowdrops from Monday 23rd January-Sunday 5th March 2023

The Abbey Grounds and the Shirehall Museum are open daily during the snowdrop season, 10am-4pm.

Admission is at the High Street Gate.

Admission to the Shirehall Museum is included in the admission ticket.  Access to the Museum is from within the Grounds.

Admission

Adult £6. Child 6-16 £2.50. Under 6 free. No booking is required, card payments preferred.  

Season tickets from £20.00 single. Please enquire at the admission desk.

There are toilets inside the grounds. There are also public accessible toilets available in Walsingham High Street, which are immediately outside our entrance, next to the High Street Gate.

Dogs are welcome, must be on their lead throughout their visit.

Historic Houses logoHistoric Houses Walsingham Abbey offers FREE admission to Members of Historic Houses. We scan members’ cards at the gate using the Historic Houses phone app. No admission without a valid membership card.

No Historic Houses free admission to special events or on charity days.

Join and support Historic Houses using our code WALS10. Using our code will give you £5 discount on membership, and also benefits us! We receive a donation from Historic Houses for each new membership signed up using our referral code.

Directions

Walsingham lies about half way, just over four miles, from either Fakenham or Wells-next-the Sea in North Norfolk.

Walsingham Abbey is in the centre of the village of Little Walsingham.

Public transport The nearest main railway station is King’s Lynn.  From King’s Lynn Bus service 49 runs to and from Fakenham.  From Fakenham, Bus service Coastliner 36 runs approximately hourly through the day, linking Fakenham to Wells via Walsingham.

Entry is at the High Street Gate   ///remover.dusted.reliving

Parking

Cars

Pay and display at the Mill Car Park, about 2 minutes walk from our entrance. Card and cash payments taken.

Turning into the car park is from Common Place if coming from the south, or via Cokers Hill from Egmere Road if from the west.

Coaches 

The coach park is approx a four minute walk from our High Street Gate. Pay and display, cash and card payments taken.

Walsingham’s coach park is also available for car pay and display parking. Coaches should not enter Walsingham High Street. Drivers please follow signs to the coach park. The coach park gate may be closed at short notice. 

There is a width limit on entry to Walsingham High Street on the Fakenham Road, coach drivers and large vehicles should turn left at this point, the route to the coach park from the south/Fakenham Road is to turn left via Blind Dick’s Lane to Sandy Lane.

Access from the west is via Egmere Road, turning into Sandy Lane opposite the Wells-Walsingham Light Railway station.

Access in the Abbey Grounds

The walks around the grounds are a mix of gravel paths, earth paths through woodland and alongside the river, and mown grass paths across the meadow. All can be muddy and slippery especially in snowdrop season and after rain particularly close to the river. Wheelchair users can reach much, but not absolutely all, of the site, depending on the chair. There is level access at the entrance.  From the entrance the site slopes gently downhill towards the river as we are in a valley. We have a mix of gravel, grass, and some boarded pathways. The meadow grass path is mown regularly, the woodland paths are mostly unsurfaced trodden earth. The site slopes gently as it spans a river valley, with uphill slope on the return to the entrance.  We have one manual wheelchair available to borrow, please phone, or email or simply ask at the admission desk, if you would like to use it.

Open water

The river Stiffkey, one of Norfolk’s unique small chalk streams, runs through the Abbey Grounds, so please be aware. The river can flood beyond its banks especially in winter. When it does so it fills the area of what was an ornamental lake up to the early 20th century, and here the ground can be soggy all through the year.

Stout outdoor footwear as for a country walk is essential. Bring wellies in snowdrop season!