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Walsingham Travel Information
Little Walsingham or Great Walsingham
– What’s the difference?
A common question for new visitors to Walsingham is whether to head for Little or Great Walsingham.
Great Walsingham is confusingly the smaller of the two. Little Walsingham is the location for the Abbey Grounds and the Anglican Shrine, two of the most popular destinations for visitors. So most visitors come to Little Walsingham first.
Most people think of Walsingham as the two villages of Little and Great Walsingham, and include the hamlet of Houghton St Giles one mile outside because this is the home of the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady. All are within easy walking distance of each other.
By Car / Coach
If you’re using satellite navigation, the postcode NR22 6BP will bring you to Common Place in the centre of the village (pictured below).
Please note that some routes shown on these systems are not suitable for coaches or some cars because they take you through fords near the RC National Shrine, which can be deep and fast-flowing.
From the West:
From King’s Lynn follow the A148 to Fakenham (about 17 miles). At the roundabout just before Fakenham turn left, then left again after 300 yards on to the B1105, signposted Walsingham.
From the East:
From Norwich follow the A1067 to Fakenham. Turn right at the first roundabout, straight on at the next roundabout (near Morrison’s) and then left at the next roundabout onto by-pass (A148 – towards Kings Lynn). After about one mile turn right onto B1105 to Walsingham.
From the South:
- From London and the South leave the M11 at Junction 9 (Newmarket, Norwich).
- Take the A11 towards Newmarket, which then merges with the A14.
- After 6 miles follow the sign A11 (Thetford, Norwich).
- At Barton Mills roundabout take the A1065 (2nd exit) through Brandon and Swaffham.
- In Swaffham turn right at the mini roundabout through the Market Square signposted Cromer and Fakenham (still A1065).
- By-pass Fakenham to the King’s Lynn-Fakenham road (A148). Cross over the roundabout, then turn left after 300 yards onto the B1105, which is signposted Walsingham.
Once on the B1105…
in a car… follow the signs for Little Walsingham – Light Vehicles only, which takes you through the villages of East Barsham and Houghton St Giles.
in a coach… after a quarter of a mile, turn left for Wells and Walsingham (B1105). Continue for about 4 miles until a right turn signed for Walsingham. As you come into the village, turn right up a wide road for the coach park. If you are going direct to the RC National Shrine in Houghton St Giles, please follow the directions on their website.
Pay and Display car parking is available at the Old Mill car park in the centre of the village, accessible from Common Place or Coker’s Hill. Plus there is some overflow car parking at the coach park nearby on Station Road, off Egmere Road. There is also a large car park at the RC National Shrine in Houghton St Giles, a mile out of the village.
Walsingham village car park passes are available for longer stays….
Mill Car Park: weekend (Friday pm to Sunday pm) £6, weekly £15, 3 months £65
Coach Park: weekend £8, weekly £20.
The Estate Office, during office hours, Monday-Friday 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm (10 Common Place, NR22 6BP 01328 820259)
The Shirehall Museum/Tourist Information (Abbey Grounds entrance) during opening hours, April-October daily 11am-4pm (01328 820510)
The Anglican Shrine Accommodation Office
The R. C. Pilgrim Bureau (Coach Park only)
If you are coming up from London, the train service from Kings Cross to Kings Lynn is faster (about an hour and 40 minutes). A taxi from Kings Lynn station to the village takes around 45 minutes.
- Elite Travel — 01328 821812
- Estate Cars — 01328 711307
- Near and Far — 01328 853636
- Bay-Kars — 01328 853868
- Parkside Cars — 01328 878777
The nearest National Express coach station is King’s Lynn, which has direct national coaches from Cambridge, Peterborough and London Victoria. Once at King’s Lynn, the Coasthopper service provides a connection with Walsingham and the North Norfolk coast.
Related link: www.nationalexpress.com
Once you are here, you can use local buses to get around. Route 29 connects Fakenham to Walsingham to Wells-next-the-Sea. Now run by Stagecoach Norfolk, information on the service can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com
The Coasthopper service runs right along the North Norfolk coast between Cromer, Wells, Hunstanton and Kings Lynn and is a great way to see the coastal sights.
Public Transport Enquiries: telephone 0871 200 22 33