Why go there?
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.
Where to stayBoxwood 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.
Where to eatThe 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.