This charming seaside town is the personification of unspoiled. Wells-next-the-Sea is the perfect place for children, as the gentle harbour is protected from the sea through a gradual silting effect which was accelerated after the Holkam Estate built a sea wall in 1859 as part of its land reclamation project.
The town is now a mile from a sweeping sandy beach, but if the idea of walking along the narrow sea wall sounds like too much hassle, try taking a ride on the Wells Harbour Railway, which connects the two. If you bring kids with you, let them loose at Abraham’s Bosom, situated right next to the beach.
There’s a lot to see and visit in this part of north Norfolk: the Blakeney Nature Reserve is close by, while twitchers should make sure they visit two Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserves at Cley Marshes and Salthouse Marshes. And no visit to Wells is complete without a trip to Holkham House, which boasts its own beach that is now a nature reserve.
Boxwood Guesthouse offers three double rooms plus extra accommodation in the annexe for £80 per room per night, including breakfast. Evening meals are also available as an extra. Boxwood is situated in the heart of Wells, a short stroll from all local amenities, including the harbour.
The Crown Hotel – a converted coaching inn – uses only locally sourced ingredients from farmers, fishermen and traders in its restaurant, which means the menu is ever-changing according to the season. Expect to pay around £11 for a main course.
Tell us a local secret
Although unofficially adopted in the 1800s to help differentiate it from all the other towns called Wells, the town only formerly adopted Wells-next-the-Sea as its name in 1956.