Little Walsingham

Little Waslingham 

Snowdrops in February. Museum and Abbey gardens open during summer season. 

The village became an important centre of pilgrimage in medieval times after the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to Lady Richeldis, owner of Walsingham manor. The village has kept its historic character with an unusual number of surviving medieval timber-framed buildings for this part of Norfolk.

How to get there

By road: Off the B1105, north of Fakenham.The public pay and display car park is well-signposted off the main high street.

Bus: From Wells and Fakenham This route links with the Coasthopper service along the coast to other towns including Kings Lynn and Norwich. Norfolk Green 

Rail: Norwich or King's Lynn

Bike: Little Walsingham is on the long-distance Cycle Network Route 1. View local cycle routes


Snowdrops: The spectacular display of snowdrops can be seen in the grounds of the Abbey during February. When exactly they are in full bloom depends a bit on the weather – call the estate office before you go if you want to be certain.

The entrance to the Snowdrop Walks is usually through the Shirehall Museum in the main market place (called Common Place). At busy times, entrance may be through the Walsingham Estate Office, to the left of the museum entrance.

The Museum is included in the entrance fee. The main exhibit is the Georgian court room, but there are also interesting exhibitions on the history of the village, and the origins of pilgrimage there.

Walsingham Abbey Grounds and the Shirehall are open daily from the start of the snowdrop season until the end of October. Contact details: Walsingham Estate Office: 01328 820259 

Cost: Combined entrance fee to snowdrops and museum: see website for details: Walsingham Abbey

The Pilgrimage sites: The Shrine church, built in the 20th century, is in the centre of the village and contains a replica of the home in Nazareth of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. A short distance south of Little Walsingham (circa 2km) is the Roman Catholic Shrine, known as the Slipper Chapel, a 14th century chapel restored in the 20th century.

Cost: Free!

The Wells & Walsingham Light Railway: Visit the longest 10¼" narrow gauge steam railway in the world and see the unique Garratt locomotive "Norfolk Hero" which was especially built for this line.The trains run from April to October so, sadly, it’s not possible to combine a rail journey with the snowdrop walks – but Little Walsingham is well worth a visit at any time of year.

Cost: For details of fares contact: Wells & Walsingham Light Railway

Refreshments: There are several cafés and pubs in the village

Loos: Public loos in the main street


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