Walsingham Abbey
Walsingham Abbey
4.5
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Walsingham Abbey Grounds surround the ruins of the historic Augustinian Priory of our Lady, England's most famous medieval pilgrimage shrine. The landscape garden, woods and river walks are also renowned for the white carpets of naturalised snowdrops which offer stunning displays in February. Admission includes the Shirehall Museum, originally a pilgrim hostel, which was converted into a Courtroom in Georgian times, and was in use as a court up to the 1970s. Today the Shirehall is Walsingham's museum of the history of pilgrimage and of local law and order. Also on display, Walsingham 950 time line tracing village history since 1061.
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johnpZ4299KQ
Sidmouth, UK885 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
If you are in Walsingham you may as well visit the abbey ruins. you get a glimpse into the history of this once very important place of worship .Ther is not a lot to see. It does have one of the few listed Gents toilets
Written May 25, 2024
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Robert S
Folkestone, UK1,081 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Walsingham Abbey is a very important English Christian site. Sadly, it was dissolved by King Henry VIII and mostly demolished. The remains are well looked after and worth a visit, but a little expensive for what you see. Nevertheless I would recommend it for history buffs. Teenage kids expecting a theme park experience would be bored.
Written April 9, 2024
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Princesscaroliner
Cambridge, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We’ve just been today to see the magnificent snow drops display. It’s beautiful and breathtaking.
The only downside is it very difficult, limiting, for people with mobility issues.
Written February 14, 2024
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Quest60562930347
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Snowdrops lovely but staff rude, ignorant and unhelpful. Despite 2 in the paydesk they both ignored us stood waiting for over 5 minutes, a simple acknowledgement would have been fine but nothing. Signage to and from the Abbey is non existent, and the signs are conflicting around the carpark regarding direction and entrance and exit, roads are dicey enough without confusion. Be aware all surrounding roads are flooded, some over a foot deep, a warning on the website given visitor volume currently would be an idea as many were evidently not local and caught out by floods
Written February 10, 2024
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Mike D
Worcestershire, UK12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Without any hesitation this place is the biggest tourist rip off I’ve ever come across.
So, I’m into my history and whilst on holiday, took the chance to visit the Abbey ruins. I’ve seen all their advertising and marketing, (Abbey ruins, archaeology, gardens, parkland etc..) and saw this as ‘my type of place’ to visit. I was initially shocked at the entry fee, £20 per person. But thought, wow, this really must be something worth seeing. Oh, how wrong was I!
Firstly, the illustrated map looked inviting. But, the 40 or so building featured were not accessible, nor was the very large mansion. Access to the grounds was equally as bad, some 25% of the land shown on the map is actually private grounds of the mansion and off limits. The gardens were shabby, unkept and overgrown with weeds and what was left of the parklands was nothing more than a couple of fields. Facilities are appalling, no café or refreshments and the toilets were disgusting and a shambles, much like the loos you would have found in a municipal park in the 60’s and 70’s. There was also, very few seats or benches to sit on.
Now for the much advertised history. What history? No staff or volunteers to talk to. No information boards; and nothing to see! Apart from the East window arch, there is nothing, everything is covered in a lawn. There was a ‘timeline’ board in the ‘crypt’. But that was very poor, it’s vague and in places inaccurate in it’s information. The ‘history’ is even whitewashed and only starts from the period of the alleged ‘vision’ and seems to have ignored the previous 3,000 years of history of this particular site being of significant religious worship. I also say ‘crypt’ begrudgingly, because it isn’t a crypt. A crypt has a very defined architectural label; this was a ground floor room of indeterminable age and repair and of no standing. All in all shambolic at best; but more accurately, a complete and utter rip off. This place is nothing more than a municipal park for which you are being charged £20 to visit. Save your money and visit any number of council owned parks in the area.
Written September 25, 2023
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Mike H
Luton, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Walsingham is such a pretty village - an archetypal English country village really - which, sadly, is ruined by religion. I guess it is no surprise to find such blatant and disgusting commercialism everywhere you look - after all, there is nobody more gullible than a devout Christian, so one should really expect to stumble upon crass trinkets and rip-offs wherever you go - but it is so very depressing. And, much as we would like to have wandered around the Abbey ruins, we were somewhat stymied by the fact that you have to pay something ridiculous to even just go in. Surely this is a part of our nation's heritage and should be free to enter for anyone who so chooses? Apparently not. I was rather amazed not to have to pay to have a wazz at the village centre public toilets, but then I guess the authorities had taken the piss quite enough by then anyway. Such a shame.
Written August 22, 2023
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James S
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Shelling out £12 for a couple might be par for the course at most visitor attractions these days but usually there’s something to see once inside.
Here, what remains is few and far between, much of it doctored to match a 19th century aesthetic.
The vision-inspired shrine that motivated the establishment of the priory lies under a grass mound, marked by a mossy wooden tablet and missable notice.
The imposing arc of the east window: almost the only discernible fragment. The crypt: ruined by redundant exhibition panels. The flower borders: riddled with ground elder. The adjoining ‘museum’: abandoned. The former court house: left to rot.
I think the attitude of the owners of this relic can be summed up by the experience of the disabled toilet user, of which I am one. The signage — alluding to past grandeur — points clearly to a facility that, after navigating broken concrete ramps and stinging nettle covered guide rails, leads to a hand scrawled note on the loo door telling me the toilets are out of order.
Paying visitors deserve to be indulged. What should be a principal destination for discovering information about the Christian faith and English history deserves a reformation.
If you want to see a fabulous priory ruin, or your on a budget, have a quick glance through the gateway and save your pennies for Castle Acre Priory.
Written August 19, 2023
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Lindamur
United Kingdom76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This beautiful abbey is so worth a visit, even if you do not have religious leaning. Just an interesting and uplifting experience. The grounds are immaculate and so peaceful. There is a shop/café/toilets/baby change on site, and paid car parking just along the road.
Written May 11, 2023
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brown2312
Chelmsford, UK73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We stopped off at Walsingham and were disappointed by the experience. Virtually all of the RC area was closed. We did however manage to get into the church. The village nearby it was like visiting a ghost town. The Anglican chapel was interesting but choose the timing of your visit carefully as most shops were closed and the whole area was generally uninviting. Good job we were visiting the area of North Norfolk and had not made a special journey just to experience Walsingham.
Written March 9, 2023
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Cherie Rose F
Derby, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Wow! What an amazing experience for Snowdrops,I have never seen so many in one place, absolutely beautiful and a beautiful setting
Written February 8, 2023
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