The Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. For nearly a thousand years Walsingham has welcomed pilgrims and visitors and that it still true today, in 1931 the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was built close by the Abbey grounds with its replica of the Holy House which houses the image of Our Lady of Walsingham. It has been built using derelict farm buildings and cottages. The Shrine is set in attractive and peaceful gardens in which you are able to follow the stations of the cross. The gardens of the Shrine are wonderful and play an important part in the pilgrimage programme whether for processions, for outdoor services or as a quiet space for meditation and reflection. The Serpentine path which is bordered by roses and lavender, winds its way between the neatly trimmed lawns. The Shrine offers accommodation and can hold 200 visitors at a time and welcomes around 10,000 every year, a further 300,000 visitors come to experience Walsingham throughout the year, there are daily services of worship and prayer. A daily service of ‘Sprinkling’ at the well, is attended by thousands of people each year and you are able to take a drink of the Holy water from stone containers inside the Shrine. Shrine Prayers – a short service during which pilgrims intercession requests are read out – has taken place in the church without interruption since 1931. The Welcome centre is full of information which includes an excellent film presentation about the history of the shrine from its foundation in 1061, its destruction at the Reformation to the wonderful place that it is today. The Shrine shop is in the Common Place in the centre of the village and the Norton Café Bar is open to visitors between Easter to October.
For information on overnight accommodation and service details Tel: 01328 820255
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