A Guide to Wells-next-the-Sea

This charming seaside town is perfect for a summer staycation. Wells is surrounded by some of the best North Norfolk beaches and stunning countryside. Make time to explore the harbour, take a trip to the beach and visit the other outstanding areas of natural beauty close by.

Where to stay in Wells-next-the-Sea

Fisherman’s Cottage

1 Red Lion Yard, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AX | holidayinwells.co.uk


This 300-year-old Fisherman’s cottage is tucked away from the hustle and bustle, but still close to the popular Quayside. Pets are welcome and parking is included. You can even arrange hire of beach hut hire through the owners.

The Albatros

The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AT | albatroswells.co.uk

If you fancy something different, book a cabin on board this Dutch ship moored on the Quayside. Both children and dogs are welcome and a Dutch breakfast is included in the restaurant. The pancakes and Dutch apple cake come highly recommend.

The Albatros

Bang in Wells

2 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AF | banginwells.co.uk

Stay in the heart of the town in this colourful grade II listed property. There are four modern rooms to choose from and breakfast is included in the popular café and bar downstairs. Even if you don’t stay here the café is well worth a visit.

Things to do in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Wells beach

The vast, unspoilt beach with its colourful beach huts is a mile from the Quayside. You can hop aboard the harbour railway if you don’t fancy the walk. The beach forms part of the Holkham Estate and is on both the Peddlars Way and North Norfolk Coastal Path. If you like walking plan a trip to neighbouring Blakeney or Holkham.

Climb aboard the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway

Station, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1QB | wwlr.co.uk

The world’s smallest light railway heads through the countryside to the historic Village of Walsingham, with its Abbey and shrines. They hold various events during the school holidays and dogs are welcome on board too. 

Explore Wells by Boat

E Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AT | wellsharbourtours.com

Hop on board the Wells Ferry and explore the nearby beach or marshes. Keep an eye out for a range of local wildlife and birds whilst you soak up the beauty of the surrounding area.

The best restaurants in Wells, Norfolk 

 French’s Fish and Chips

10 The Quay, Wells-next-the-sea, NR23 1AH | frenchs.co.uk

Founded in 1921 French’s has panoramic views of the Quayside. Classic fish and chips are served alongside vegetarian options, crispy mac n cheese and retro soft drinks. You can dine in or take away.

Wells Crab House

38-40 Freeman St, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1BA | wellscrabhouse.co.uk

Sample some of North Norfolk’s finest seafood in relaxed surrounds. Delicious fish dishes and platters sit alongside a small selection of non-seafood options. During lunch, the restaurant is family friendly but in the evening it’s an adult’s only affair.

The Globe Inn

The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-sea, NR23 1EU | theglobeatwells.co.uk 

Enjoy a taste of Norfolk at this pub which serves a range of dishes using locally sourced, fresh and seasonal produce. Pop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner and dine al fresco on a sunny day. There’s a steak night on Wednesdays and roasts on Sundays too.  

What’s on in Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells Carnival, Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August

The annual carnival dates as far back as 1926. There are a variety of beer festivals, live music performances, craft fairs and sporting events on either side of the main parade on the 4th. www.wellscarnival.co.uk




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.