Top Norfolk Seaside Towns: A day in Wells-next-the-Sea

by 1 July 2021Norfolk, the United Kingdom0 comments

One of the classic Norfolk seaside towns, Wells-Next-The-Sea is a popular destination for visitors.

The town’s quayside puts a twist on the traditional seaside resort, facing onto grasses and mudflats where fishing boats slumber at low tide. Check out the War Horse-like metal sculpture opposite the quay; this distinctive landmark stands proud on the sands at low tide, and rises from the waves when the tide comes in.

Crabbing and boats at Wells-next-the-Sea

Fishing boats moored in Wells-next-the-Sea, a popular seaside town in Norfolk.

Things to do in Wells-next-the-Sea

The North Norfolk beaches are spectacular, and Wells’ central location on this stretch of coastline make it a great location for a family day out.

Take the kids to the wide sandy beach with its array of traditional beach huts. Wells beach is about 1 mile from the town centre; parking is available, but why not take a ride on the miniature railway from the quayside?

Dogs are permitted on the beach, so all members of the family can join in the paddling, while children will love the sand which is perfect for a sandcastle or two.

Another popular activity for kids is crabbing, which takes place on the quayside in the town centre. Crabbing kits can be bought from the souvenir shop on the seafront.

And of course, if the weather isn’t cooperating, all the family will enjoy the amusement arcades. It wouldn’t be the British seaside without a slot machine or two.

Quayside from east at Wells-next-the-Sea

The quayside in Wells, Norfolk

Activities for grown-ups

Adults will probably enjoy the Norfolk seaside just as much as the kids, but if you’re looking for something more challenging, check out the Norfolk coastal path that runs in both directions from the town centre. This scenic walking route runs for 84 miles from Hunstanton to Sea Palling, passing many of the best Norfolk beaches along the way.

For a lazier day out, boat trips leave from the quayside; try out a spot of sea fishing, with a chance to catch mackerel, cod and bass, or take a sightseeing cruise around the harbour. 

For something different, try the heritage railway that runs from Wells to Walsingham.

Boat tours at Wells-next-the-Sea

Like many Norfolk towns, Wells’ position on the coast is a draw for visitors. A boat tour is a great way to explore the harbour and surrounding coastline.

Where to eat

The town has a couple of good fish and chip shops – I can recommend French’s. Enjoy this most traditional of takeaways how it was meant to be eaten, sitting on the seafront wall as seagulls circle over head and fishermen unload crab pots. 

Finish up your meal with an ice cream or sorbet from one of the shops on the quayside.

There are also a handful of restaurants with a focus on British fayre and seafood. 

Lifeguard hut at Wells-next-the-Sea

A tidal survey station looks out over Wells harbour. Although the town itself gives onto mud flats, just a short distance away are some of the best beaches in Norfolk.

Getting here and away

Wells-next-the-Sea is located roughly halfway along the north Norfolk coast, around 30 miles from King’s Lynn and 25 miles from Cromer. Driving time from Norwich is around 45 minutes, making Wells a great destination to enjoy the seaside in Norfolk.

Don’t have a car? Buses run along the coast; look for Coastliner buses from King’s Lynn and Coasthoppers from Cromer.