Building Facade, Walsingham

Walsingham Guided ToursGuided Tours of Walsingham

A guided tour of Walsingham will give you an insight into the fascinating history of one of the most famous (but almost undiscovered) villages in England.

Learn about the sites that reflect the history and architecture of this complex village, a place of pilgrimage since 1061.

Visit the ruined Augustinian Priory (site of the original Holy House), the Franciscan Friary, and the modern Anglican and Roman Catholic Shrines.

Tour other places of worship including the parish church with its stunning East Window by John Heyward, the Georgian Methodist chapel, the modern eco-friendly Parish Church of the Annunciation (dedicated in 2007), and the Orthodox chapel at the old railway station.

During the 18th and 19th centuries the village was a flourishing market town, legal and administrative centre, so you can also see the Georgian Courthouse, Museum and John Howard ‘Model’ Prison, the Bridewell.

Tour Guide, Scilla Landale

Tour Guide, Scilla Landale

How to book

£10 per person – includes admission charge to Walsingham Abbey Grounds and The Shirehall Museum

Numbers per tour: 6-20

Smaller groups welcomed but at a special charge

Contact & booking

To book or for more information, contact Scilla Landale  or 07747 693235

Walsingham tours to suit you

Tours can be tailor made to suit your interests.

Here are some examples:

Tour 1 – The Village Past and Present

The Foundation of the Shrines – medieval and modern. The ruined Augustinian Priory (The Abbey), site of the original Holy House; Medieval and Georgian architecture, parish church, modern Roman Catholic parish Church and other places of worship, Georgian Courthouse and Prison.

Walsingham Courthouse

Walsingham Courthouse

Tour 2 –  “Judge for Yourself”

Walsingham was a Legal Centre during the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Georgian Courthouse and John Howard ‘Model Prison’.  Hear about the Quarter and Petty Sessions,  ‘Swing Riots’, transportation and the treadmill.

Tour 3 – Walsingham, a place of Pilgrimage

The establishment of the Holy House in 1061, Dissolution of the Priory 1538, and the 20th century re-establishment of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Shrines. The ruined Augustinian Priory, Franciscan Friary, Georgian Methodist chapel and Orthodox chapel of St. Seraphim.

Tour 4 – Great Walsingham

The little village of Great Walsingham is well worth a visit. St. Peter’s Church, a fine example of an unspoilt Decorated Church with an excellent collection of poppy heads and carved pew ends. The Orthodox Church of The Transfiguration in the Victorian Methodist chapel. The Great Walsingham Barns complex with Art Gallery, gift shop and tea room, carpets and soft furnishings.

Illustrated Talks

Available by arrangement throughout the year, on various aspects of Walsingham eg ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress to Walsingham’, ‘Crime and Punishment in Walsingham’ or ‘Exploring Walsingham through its buildings’.

North Norfolk Church Tours

North Norfolk has a wealth of beautiful churches, all worth visiting. Tours can be specially arranged to visit churches and other places of interest within a fifteen mile radius of Walsingham.

Tour 1:  ‘In Nelson’s Footsteps’ – The Burnhams
Tour 2:  ‘War and Wool Churches’ – Salle, Cawston & Heydon
Tour 3:  ‘Churches in Stately Parks’ – Holkham, Raynham and Houghton
Tour 4:  ‘The Creakes’ – South, North and Creake Abbey
Tour 5:  ‘The Glaven Valley Churches’
Tour 6:  ‘Great and Little Snoring’ Churches

A 16-seater mini-bus may be possible for hire – as large coaches are not suitable for some of the small Norfolk lanes.

For more information or to book a tour please contact:

Scilla Landale email: or telephone: 07747 693235

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