‘In 1922, a priest called Father Alfred Hope Patten had a beautiful image of Our Lady carved and set up in the parish church of St Mary in Walsingham. People began to travel to that church, to pray there, and to be inspired by Mary’s example, because she always shows us how we can be better disciples of her Son, Jesus Christ. Something remarkable had happened. The pilgrimage to Walsingham, suppressed in 1538 under the orders of Henry VIII, had been restored; and so, in 2022, we can rejoice and give thanks for the centenary of that restoration.’ —The Right Reverend Philip North CMP, Bishop of Burnley and Master of the Guardians
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.
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.
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.
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.
Current Opening Hours:
The Shrine Church: open daily from 7.00am until 10.00pm
The Shrine Grounds and The Guild of All Souls Chapel: open daily from 7.00am until 10.00pm
Norton’s Café & Bar is open daily from 9.30am until 5.00pm
The Shrine Shop: open Monday to Saturday from 9.00am until 4.00pm. Sunday 9.00am until 1.00pm
Hopefully whether you are a pilgrim- past, present or future - student, visitor or tourist, we will find this site helpful and you will gain a sense of the very special quality of Walsingham - "England's Nazareth". As a national centre of pilgrimage and a registered charity, our income is wholly reliant on the income we receive from our pilgrims and visitors and the money raised through offerings and appeals. These donations make a real difference to the life of the Shrine and the pastoral care we are able to deliver.
Youth Pilgrimage 2022: Homeward Bound!
Join us for the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage which takes place from Monday 1st to Friday 5th August. The theme this year is Homeward Bound...
Walk the Walsingham Way!
The Shrine is organising a walking pilgrimage from Norwich Cathedral to the Shrine from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th September 2022...
2023 Walsingham Pilgrimage to The Holy Land
Following the great success of previous Walsingham Holy Land Pilgrimages I have been asked by pilgrims to make a return visit.
Centenary of the Restoration of The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Bp Philip North Introduces the Centenary...
Join The Society
The Society of OLW was founded by Fr Hope Patten in 1925 as part of the Shrine’s outreach to enable Pilgrims and visitors to keep in touch with the Shrine and its work...