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Historic Site, £2.50-£5

Corridor with cell doors at Walsingham Bridewell

Corridor with cell doors at Walsingham Bridewell

Corridor with cell doors at Walsingham Bridewell


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.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcome

Partial wheelchair access.

Opening details

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.


Included in Abbey Grounds and Shirehall Museum admission.


Common Place,
NR22 6BP


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Partial wheelchair access.


See location of Walsingham Abbey Grounds and The Shirehall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TF 938378  Lat: 52.89412 Long: 0.87440

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

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 25 miles from King's Lynn/Norwich station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree