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The Catholic National Shrine
of Our Lady at Walsingham
England's Nazareth

Something BIG is happening

Ever Ancient 1061 - Ever New 2016

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Walsingham Development

We plan to invest £6 million in buildings and accommodation, and £4 million in developing the work of the Shrine

The current plans include the development of

  • New and upgraded pilgrim accommodation
  • New accommodation for the disabled
  • Retreat centre
  • Youth ministry and accommodation
  • Wet weather cloister
  • Pilgrim Hall conference centre
  • New hospitality centre
  • Catholic media hub
  • Perpetual Adoration Chapel
  • History of England through the lives of the Saints

In addition, we plan to host a number of new events, including

  • National family pilgrimage
  • Additional pilgrimages for the sick
  • Pilgrimage for young people
  • National travellers pilgrimage
  • Sharing your faith in the modern world
  • Healing and reconciliation
  • Opportunities for new pilgrimages
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About Us

From the beginning of time some places have been regarded as especially holy places of mystery and atmosphere. Walsingham in England (United Kingdom) has been such a place for almost a thousand years since Richeldis de Faverches was inspired by Mary to build a Shrine in perpetual memorial of the Annunciation. One of the greatest Shrines in Medieval Christendom – when travel to the Holy Land was virtually impossible – the original Shrine was destroyed at the Reformation.

Many barren years passed until the Slipper Chapel, a 14th century wayside pilgrim chapel, was restored and pilgrimage to Walsingham began once more. In 1934, the English Bishops named the Slipper Chapel, the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady.

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Contact Us

The Rector

Mgr John Armitage


The Development Fund
Roman Catholic National Shrine
Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place,
Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EG


01328 820217