Walsingham Village. Walsingham sits nestled in the beautiful countryside of the English county of Norfolk. When visiting Wasingham the first thing to take into account is that the village is actually two villages combined into one – Great Walsingham and Little Walsingham- both of which have a wealth of historic buildings. Walsingham is noted for its impressive timber-framed houses and fine Georgian facades which one can enjoy when strolling along the picturesque,narrow streets with wonderful, traditional- sounding names such as Cokers Hill, Blind Dick’s Lane or Sunk Road. There are quaint shops where visitors can browse and find that special something that they just can’t resist, tea rooms for a well earned cup of tea and cake and welcoming pubs and restaurants offering great food and a chance to catch up with friends over a glass of one’s favourite tipple. There are many Walsingham Shrine shops displaying religious gifts, statues and books, Walsingham has been a strong Pilgrimage centre for over 900 years drawing pilgrims from all over the world to pray to Our Lady. There is also a wide selection of overnight accommodation available, an offer which is well worth taking up as there is so much to see and do in Walsingham and the surrounding area.
At the heart of the village is Common Place, a cross roads with a small square containing the ancient Pump House, still in excellent condition. Along one side is the Tourist information Centre and entrance into the Shirehall Museum and Courthouse and also the entrance into the Walsingham Abbey Grounds. Inside the Tourist Information Centre there are leaflets and books available on Walsingham and all the surrounding area. The lady who runs the tourist centre couldn’t be more helpful, she will point you in the right direction for all you need to make the most of the area and what it has to offer and she is incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Walsingham, so our recommendation is to make this your first stop on your visit to Walsingham. The Tourist centre leads into the Shirehall (Courthouse), everything laid out just as it would have been in times long gone by, inside the cell a ‘prisoner’ waits to be brought in front of the judge and fears for what will await him. The museum tells of how prisoners were dealt with, those sentenced to hard labour had to walk the treadmill inside the old Mill for around ten hours a day. The Old Mill which is situated at the large village car park, was part of the Walsingham Bridewell or prison and it was here that the treadmills were housed. One can visit the Bridewell on one of the guided tours or visited on request with a deposit on the key……
* * Tourist Information Centre. Common Place. Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6BP. Tel:01328 820510
Take a guided tour as a perfect introduction to this unique village. See Walsingham Abbey, Modern-day shrines, Churches, Georgian Courthouse, Prison and Museum, and the Medieval and Georgian Architecture. Tours take place between May and September, Wednesday & Thursday at 11.00am from the Tourist Information Centre and take around 2 hours. Private group tours can be booked throughout the year.
There is a Pay & Display Car Park at the Mill Car Park, which is well sign-posted and a separate Coach Park.
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