Walsingham is a petty little village set amongst the stunning vistas of the North Norfolk countryside. Dating back to the Doomsday book, under the name Walsingham Parva, the modern village incorporates Great and Little Walsingham. Having been welcoming visitors since the mid-eleventh century, the architecture of the combined villages is well worth exploring.
Walsingham is most famous as the home of religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary. The combined villages are dominated by ecclesiastical buildings and fine medieval timber-framed jetted buildings. Some of the original foundations still remain there today.
If culture and history is your thing then Walsingham is rife with spots to visit and explore to get a feel of the history around you. The origins of the Pilgrimages, as well as the rich, fertile land providing crops and grazing, fascinate historians of all subjects as well as archaeologists.
Walsingham Abbey is a historical landmark spread over 18 acres of garden, grounds and woodland. The area boasts snowdrops in the spring and beautiful greenery in the summer. Also famous for their spectacular ruins, it makes a beautiful walk out with the family and with dogs allowed on leads everyone is welcome!
The shrine church takes you back to the roots of the village on the culture of how it was founded. Our Lady of Walsingham. The church is set in beautiful grounds which are well worth exploring.
A shrine shop located on site sells everything from mugs, scarfs, ornaments to beauty products.
Nortons cafe bar is perfect for quality, locally sourced food. You can choose from hot meals, salad bar, full English breakfast, cakes, coffee and wine.
Walsingham has a wealth of locally run stores and restaurants which again give you the feel of the local history within the villages.
The Bull Inn
The Bull Inn is a traditional country Norfolk pub located in the heart of the village. They have a wide range of beers, ales, wines and soft drinks. With a real fire, it’s the perfect place to warm up with a drink after a day of exploring.
The Farm Shop and Village Store are on hand for any day to day supplies that you may need during your visit.
Shirehall Museum and Bridewell Prison are definitely worth making a trip to see. With the original courtroom still intact, it was founded in the late 18th century and only closed in 1971. There are displays of the old local law, historic photos and artefacts to study. The Bridewell Prison takes only 5 minutes to walk about and has been left untouched since the last prisoners left. You can request a key at the ticket desk in the museum or you can study the prison via one of their guided tours.
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