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Wells-next-the-Sea Introduction

A quaint seaside town that has an upmarket feel, Wells-next-the-Sea sits on a sandy stretch of the North Norfolk coast. At the rustic harbour, small fishing boats still bring in the catch of the day and it's a great spot to try classic fish and chips or the local favourite, dressed crab. Close to a large nature reserve with woodland trails and seals frolicking in the sea, Wells-next-the-Sea gives you a balance of country and coastal landscapes.

Hotels in Wells-next-the-Sea

There's a good selection of hotels in Wells-next-the-Sea, with lots of independently owned guesthouses and converted inns. Offering 3 to 4-star accommodation, many Wells-next-the-Sea hotel rates include a free breakfast, such as a full English, as well as free WiFi. The cosy hotels in town often have bars and restaurants on-site, as well as gardens and terraces so you can get some fresh air. Guestrooms are a comfortable place to escape after a long day and many Wells-next-the-Sea reviews mention the little extras such as hair dryers, refrigerators and ironing boards, ensuring you have everything you need during your stay.

Where to stay

Wells-next-the-Sea has a compact town centre with tiny narrow streets full of second-hand bookshops, locally made pottery and crafts. Leading down to the seafront, you'll find a selection of cosy cafes and traditional pubs, with many Wells-next-the-Sea hotels found in this area. The Quay is a road leading along the river to the sea, with a parade of fish and chip shops, tearooms and seafood shacks. Keep going past the harbour, watching the fishing boats bringing in their catch, down to the sandy beach.

Things to see

When the tide is out at Wells-next-the-Sea Beach there are miles of flat golden sands, with the sea far on the horizon. Lined with colourful beach huts and with fishing boats sailing in the distance, the beach has a rustic, old-fashioned feel. Many luxury hotels in Wells-next-the-Sea are close to Holkham Bay, an unspoiled stretch of beach with a basin that fills with seawater to create a shallow lagoon. Set inside a vast nature reserve, the bay is surrounded by soft sand dunes and close to the beach are long woodland trails full of rare birds nesting in the trees. Close to the nature reserve stands the grand Holkham Hall, a Palladian-style country house dating back to the 18th century. Still a family home, you can take a tour inside the house to see the decadent interior, with gilded features and large oil paintings. It's surrounded by parkland where deer roam in-between the mature trees, and there's a 3-mile walking trail around the serene lake.

How to get to Wells-next-the-Sea

Norwich Airport is just under an hour's drive from Wells-next-the-Sea; this small airport mostly serves domestic routes, with a few European flights. If you want to take public transport, you can catch a bus to Sheringham then change for services to Wells-next-the-Sea, with the journey taking about 2.5 hours. If you want to travel in Wells-next-the-Sea without a car the bus is the best option, with regular services running along the North Norfolk coast. The Coasthopper bus also connects with King's Lynn railway station, the closest to Wells-next-the-Sea, which has regular services to Cambridge.