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. 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 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". 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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Support the Shrine

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...

National Pilgrimage @Home Programme

The Shrine is excited to announce the programme for the 2021 National Pilgrimage @Home which takes place on Monday 31st May 2021...

The Guild of All Souls Online Conference 24th June 2021

The Guild of All Souls annual day conference on this most important subject will now be online via Zoom from 10.15 am to 1.00pm ...

Great British Railway Journeys

The Shrine is to feature in Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys on Friday 7th May at 6.30pm on BBC2. The episode sees Michael travel from Newmarket to Walsingham...


The Shrine Church is open for private prayer and limited public services in the church. Large events are cancelled until further notice.

Please visit our our News Page for full details and updates

Reports and Reflections

The Priest Administrator’s Book of the Year

We are reminded in the Joy of God that there is a ‘raw bitterness and cruelty’ in the depths of an authentic Catholic spirituality…

Arrange a Pilgrimage

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