Walsingham Abbey Grounds & The Shirehall - Historic Site in Walsingham, Walsingham - Great Yarmouth

Walsingham Abbey Grounds & The Shirehall

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Walsingham Bridewell, or House of Correction is only a 5 minute walk from the Shirehall Museum. An extraordinary survival, it is almost completely unaltered since the last prisoners were let out!
Visits are independent, the key may be requested at the ticket desk in the museum.

The prison stands on the site of the former leper hospital. Set up as a House of Correction in 1598, to house vagrants and beggars and train them in useful trades, it was rebuilt in the 18th century to the plans of John Howard, the prison reformer.

Partial wheelchair access. Historic Houses property. Historic Houses members admitted free except on charity days.

Guide Prices

Included in Abbey Grounds and Shirehall Museum admission.



  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

In centre of Little Walsingham village, 4.5 miles north of Fakenham or south from Wells-next-the-Sea, off B1105

Accessible by Public Transport: King's Lynn/Norwich station is 25 miles away.

Walsingham Abbey Grounds & The Shirehall

Type:Historic Site

Walsingham Abbey Grounds & The Shirehall, Common Place, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6BP

Tel: 01328 820510

Opening Times

* Visits on request during Shirehall Museum opening hours. Visits are self guided, the key may be requested at the ticket desk in the museum, on payment of a small deposit for the key.