The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

Founded by the Lady Richeldis in 1061, destroyed by Henry VIII in 1538, restored in 1922 by Father Hope Patten, the Anglican Vicar of Walsingham – the Shrine has had an eventful history across nearly a thousand years. This medieval place of pilgrimage, which rivalled Canterbury as a destination, was visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across Britain and Europe. It became known as ‘England’s Nazareth’ because of the nature of the vision which the Lady Richeldis experienced. (See The Story So Far). Today, after 350 years of post-Reformation neglect, the past 95 years have witnessed the dramatic restoration of pilgrimage to Walsingham.

The Modern Shrine

At the heart of the Shrine of Our Lady lies the Holy House containing the image of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Holy House itself is contained within the highly-decorated Shrine Church. In the Shrine grounds can be found everything a pilgrim, tourist or visitor needs – residential accommodation, meeting rooms, the refectory, a cafe-bar and beautiful gardens. The Welcome Centre – part of the Milner Wing – offers fascinating insights into both historic and present day Walsingham.

Pilgrimage

The three major pilgrimages each year – the National, the Youth, and Healing and Renewal – bring thousands to Walsingham, some just for the day, others to stay in our accommodation or to camp in a local field. You can find out more about these events by clicking link below. Throughout the year groups large and small from parishes across the UK come on pilgrimage.

Visit

Voted the nation’s favourite spiritual place by Radio 4 listeners, the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is a place of Christian worship, hospitality and recreation for all – pilgrims, tourists, the casual passer-by and the curious historian. At the heart of the Shrine is the Holy House where we celebrate Mary's 'yes' to God. Inspired by her life and prayers we aim to offer engaging worship, warm hospitality and creative educational opportunities.

Welcome to the website of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Hopefully, whether as a pilgrim - past, present or future - student, visitor or tourist, you will find this site helpful and that you will gain a sense of the very special quality of Walsingham - "England's Nazareth".

Get regular news and information about courses, retreats and pilgrimages, by becoming a member of the Society or a Priest Associate of the Holy House.

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Today’s Services

  • Mass
  • Sprinkling at the Well
  • Shrine Prayers
  • Sung Pilgrimage Mass
  • Procession of Our Lady & Benediction

Coventry Festival December 8th 2018

Join us for a special Walsingham Festival in the wonderful surroundings of Coventry's Cathedral

Latest News

RESTORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL

Work on the ceiling paintings of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel has been completed by a team from the firm of Stephen Bellion – Church Art Restorers.

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BOOK our Accommodation

We have availability to accommodate up to 200 pilgrims

Blog Post

Every Generation, Mary, Calls thee Blest

The Priest Administrator, Fr Kevin Smith, reflects on the Shrine’s continually developing and vitally important work with young people.

Arrange a Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is an essential part of life and living. Christians see life itself in terms of a journey...