About The Area

Wells-next-the-Sea is a charming seaside town on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, well known for its large sandy beach and colourful beach huts. At the harbour you'll find fishing boats at work, children crabbing on the quay and the town's most famous feature, the old granary building with its unmistakable overhanging gantry.

Every year Wells enjoys a traditional summer Carnival, a week of family fun & entertainment including a carnival day procession around the town featuring floats & fancy-dress.


Nearby Holkham Estate is a wonderful place to visit, with walking trails, cycle hire, boat hire and much more. The elegant 18th century mansion, beautiful grounds, lake and deer park make Holkham simply unmissable.

Further afield you'll find the estates of Sandringham and Blickling with their stately homes and large parks, perfect for a grand day out. Houghton Hall is renowned for its contemporary art & sculpture exhibitions. Entry to Holkham, Houghton and Sandringham is free with a Historic Houses card.

Some of the finest birdwatching sites in Britain are in Norfolk including RSPB Titchwell Marsh, NWT Cley Marshes and Blakeney Point, home to the famous seal colony.

Food & Drink

There's no shortage of fantastic dining options on the Norfolk Coast. Serving freshly caught seafood and locally reared meat, choose from fine dining restaurants, gastropubs or firm favourite fish & chips.

Within walking distance of Old Barnyard Cottage are two award-winning fish & chip shops on the quay (French's and Platten's) and two highly regarded gastropubs on The Buttlands (The Globe and The Crown).

Along the coast you'll find farm shops and delis stocking the finest Norfolk produce, perfect for picnickers and hungry visitors. Don't miss the the summer food festivals and farmers' markets!


Outdoor activities include cycling, golf, paddle boarding and boating of all kinds, from kayaking and canoeing to sailing and seal boat trips. Several companies offer daily boat trips to see the seal colony and migrating birds at Blakeney Point including Beans Boats and Bishop's Boats.

No trip to Norfolk would be complete without a long walk to soak up the scenery, whether it's on the Norfolk Coast Path, through a countryside estate or along the beach - take your pick!

To discover more about Wells and the surrounding area visit wellsguide.com.