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.


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.

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".

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Today’s Services

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  • Evening Prayer
  • Shrine Prayers

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Each lamp bears a shield asking for the prayers of Our Lady

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We Have a Gospel to Proclaim – Walsingham Advent Retreat 2017

FR ANDREAS WENZEL, THE SHRINE PRIEST REFLECTS ON THE ADVENT RETREAT 2017 – What made this year’s Advent retreat so unique was the experience on which the retreat master, Bishop Peter Ramsden, former Bishop of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea can draw.

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Updates from the Priest Administrator

News and details of the 2018 programme of events – the National Pilgrimage, the Youth Pilgrimage, the Assumption and the Pilgrimage of Healing & Renewal.

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