Walsingham Abbey Grounds & Shirehall Museum



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In the grounds of Walsingham Abbey are the spectacular ruins of the original Augustinian priory built here in the 1100s. At the entrance to the grounds is the Shirehall Museum housed in what was once a pilgrims’ hostel and then for 200 years a Georgian courthouse. Here, you can see displays on the history of Walsingham and many local artefacts, such as old photos, tools and religious items. The priory ruins and museum stand in 20 acres of tranquil and picturesque gardens, which are famous for their dramatic display of snowdrops in February, with access to woodland and river walks across the ancient parkland.

Walsingham Abbey Grounds & Shirehall Museum


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open daily Feb, 10-4; Mar, Mon-Fri 11-1 and 2-4, Sat-Sun 11-4; 24 Mar-4 Nov, daily 11-4; Nov-Jan, Mon-Fri 11-1 and 2-4. Closed 23 Dec-3 Jan

About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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