Established in Saxon times, Walsingham is a village (actually two villages: Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham) famed for its religious shrines and is a major pilgrimage centre. It also contains the ruins of two medieval monastic houses. The village, just five minutes drive from the cottage, sits in lush countryside four miles from the coast and a similar distance north of the market town of Fakenham. It boasts the award-winning Walsingham Farms Shop, two pubs, The Norfolk Riddle restaurant, plus several cafés. Walsingham’s architecture is of special note, with rare medieval half-timbered buildings, Georgian facades and much more to please the eye and historical interest of the visitor.
The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway is a narrow gauge steam railway running between Walsingham and Wells-next-the-Sea. The railway occupies a four-mile section of the trackbed of the former Wymondham to Wells branch, which was closed in the 1960s. Wells is a working port as well as a traditional seaside town, where new up-market retailers share space with the novelty shops and fish and chip sellers.