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Wells next the Sea is the jewel in the crown of the North Norfolk Coast. You are five minutes from golden sands, salt marshes, woodland walks and coastal paths. The small but very busy harbour with small fishing boats and beach bank lined with all shapes and sizes of boats moored up waiting for the next high tide. The small walk to the beach or trip on the railway offers the chance to relax and take in stunning views not changed for centuries.  


Wells is a traditional seaside town, with a strong vibrant community, welcoming visitors and proud to show its delights


The very busy community holds many events throughout the year, Carnival week being the highlight, a week of family fun attracting all ages to enjoy an amazing week, a real traditional old style carnival with Carnival Day on 6th August. The parade never fails to impress the large crowds. Wells also has other opportunities to enjoy the traditional seaside with numerous other events including: Pirate festivals, Poetry next the Sea, Wheels next the Sea, motorbike show, and the ever popular Christmas Tide, which brings Santa by boat from the North Pole.


Wells-next-the-sea is a very lovely, traditional seaside town with award winning beaches and scenery that North Norfolk is so famous for.  A visit to the town wouldn't be complete without trying to catch gillies, catching small crabs if you are not lucky enough to be from Wells. Why not try a drink on The Albatros floating in the wonderful harbour.  If your batteries need recharging simply relax and watch the world go by whilst sitting on The Buttlands enjoying a drink from The Globe or The Crown. The Edinburgh Inn offers traditional beers and food and just round the corner The Bowling Green pub near St Nicolas Church has a Sunday roast that is hard to beat 


The town has many fine restaurants, hotels, holiday cottages and traditional pubs, a very busy shopping street, full of unusual gift shops and lovely cafés. Two large supermarkets service the visitors and local community; Leftleys and Co-op but you must try our famous local butcher Arthur Howell,  as he has many awards for his butchers shop and Deli. 

If you are feeling adventurous, a coastal bus route to take you to all the amazing places along North Norfolk's coast


Of course our small town has as much to offer as any large town, including a chemist and pharmacist, Vets, opticians, post office, bank, library, electrical, hardware, children's clothes and two of the best fish and chips in the country (!).


You will do well to find a better holiday destination than Wells, the town offers everything you want with stunning views and friendly people ....


Come and visit us and the town, we might just be what you have spent time looking for.

Local Information Guides

Experience Norfolk - Passionate about Norfolk, we love sharing our knowledge with visitors and residents alike, revealing the hidden gems that only a real ‘local’ knows about - a visual guide to web sites within the Wells-next-the Sea postcode area

Wells Harbour - provides information for harbour users, visiting vessels, Wells residents and holiday-makers

Places To Eat/Drink

Beach Road Cafe


Plattens Fish and Chips

Frenchs Fish and Chips

The Bowling Green

The Crown Hotel

The Edinburgh Inn/Ollies

The Globe

Wells Crab House 

very booked up but offer takeaway platters which can be preordered


The Fleece

Wells Deli

The Maltings


Wills of Wells


Bang in Wells


Flo & Joe's


Crake Abbey

Three Horseshoes in Warham


Carpenters Arms in Wighton

mixing modern day comfort & original features to create a warm inviting atmosphere throughout the bar & restaurant. All are welcome, including dogs and families, whether it's just for a drink or a meal from their delicious menu.


Stiffkey Red Lion

Things to do

Wells Harbour Tours 

Harbour Office

Alpaca Trekking

Holkham Hall
Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB
Holkham is a special place where a stunning coastal landscape meets one of England’s great agricultural estates. It is a haven for wildlife, walkers and anyone seeking to connect with the uplifting power of nature. With a host of places to stay, fabulous local food, attractions and events, discover a place where the sky meets the sea

Wells-Walsingham Light Railway
Stiffkey Road, Wells-next-the-Sea
Regular steam trains from the seaside town of Wells to the beautiful village of Walsingham with its famous shrines and Abbey. Groups welcome. New volunteers welcome. Regular events plus children's activities during every school holiday.



Beauty Next The Sea


Tide Times


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