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 6.30pm (Please note: The Holy House is currently closed due to restoration work)
The Shrine Grounds and The Guild of All Souls Chapel: open daily from 9.00am until 3.00pm
Norton's Café=Bar is currently closed
The Shrine Shop: open Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10.00am until 2.00pm
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". 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.
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...
Holy House Restoration
The Shrine recently received a generous donation to be used for the restoration of the Comper furnishings in the Holy House. This means that the the Holy House is currently closed to pilgrims due to restoration work, which is expected to take around 2 weeks to complete...
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 ...