Walsingham Travel Advice
Travelling to Walsingham is easiest by car.
The shrine does not have parking facilities but Reception staff can issue tickets for the local Pay & Display car park for the length of your stay.
Some street parking might be available a few minutes from the village centre.
Anglican Shrine Address
The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Tel: 01328 82025
From the North: A1(M) to Newark; A17 to King’s Lynn; A148 to Fakenham
From the Midlands: A47 to King’s Lynn; A148 to Fakenham; or A14 to Newmarket then A11/A1065 to Brandon, Swaffham and Fakenham
From the South: M11/A11 to Mildenhall Roundabout; A1065 to Brandon, Swaffham and Fakenham
From Norwich: A1067 to Fakenham
When you get to Fakenham: Follow signposted route via East Barsham and Houghton St. Giles.
Nearest Petrol Station: 4 miles from Walsingham on roundabout of A1065 and A148, on the Fakenham by-pass (en route for Walsingham). There is no petrol station in Walsingham.
There is a rail service from London King’s Cross to King’s Lynn, (35 miles from Walsingham) calling at Cambridge (connections to Stansted Airport and Ipswich) and Ely (connections to Peterborough and Birmingham).
There is also a rail service from Norwich to Sheringham (18 miles from Walsingham)
Onwards travel to Walsingham by (pre-booked) Taxi.
There is/should be a bus service linking King’s Lynn with Fakenham but a less frequent service operates from Fakenham to Walsingham. Check times as may not operate on Sunday.
Do I need painting experience or expertise?
No, you do not need any painting or drawing experience, just a willingness to learn and enthusiasm.
The course is open to beginners as well as Improvers and those with other painting experience.
Individual tuition and support is provided at every stage.
What’s the Accommodation like?
The Shrine has a variety of clean, comfy and homely rooms to allocate to pilgrims within the grounds of the complex. Some may have an en suite bathroom (usually reserved for those with distinct needs) but most rooms have loos and bathrooms very nearby, which may be shared with another room.
Most rooms are accessible by lift, if on an upper floor. Several accommodation areas also have kitchens and sitting rooms. The accommodation is secure and maintained to a high standard. Some of the rooms are in charming period properties.
Who would this Retreat suit best?
The Walsingham retreat is ideal for those who want a block of time to get into – or back into – the icon painting zone.
Improvers who need to practise, to challenge themselves, build confidence and/or experiment.
Those wanting to improve specific elements; such as painting hands, blending and mixing tempera.
Those happy to work in a small group where there are various levels of icon painting experience.
For those new to icon painting who want an intensive course based on classic archetypes and techniques to start them off.
Pilgrimage to Walsingham.
Ecumenically minded people.
What other factors are there to consider?
It helps if you have reasonably good eyesight, a steady hand and concentration.
The painting course can be tiring and may involve catch-up sessions.