Walsingham has changed very little over the past 100 years, and the most famous attraction is obviously the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Anglo-Saxon noblewoman Lady Richeldis de Faverches founded the shrine almost 1000 years ago. In 1061 Lady Richeldis had a vision of the Virgin Mary and was instructed to build a replica of the house of the holy family.
Consequently, Walsingham has been a pilgrimage site since medieval times. The original shrine founded in 1061 was unfortunately destroyed during the reformation. Many Kings and Queens have visited the shrine over the years and it has been described as England’s Nazareth.
Walsingham Abbey is a marvellous representation of a medieval priory. It dates back to the 11th Century but has origins that could stretch back further. The grounds that surround the ruins are wonderful, with wildflower meadows, woodland and river walks.
There is a light railway between Walsingham and Wells-next-the-Sea (the WWLR), which is fun for all the family. The railway has been here for 30-odd years and was born from one man’s passion and sheer determination (Lt. Cmdr. Roy Francis). It is the longest 10 ¼” narrow gauge steam railway in the World.
Walsingham is a beautiful and relaxing place to stay. There are a number of hotels, cottages and camping facilities here and in the surrounding villages. Walsingham also has a selection of delightful shops, where the visiting pilgrim can find gifts to remind them of their stay.
Some places worth seeking out in Walsingham: