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The award-winning beach at Wells forms part of the Holkham Estate. The beach continues eastward but can be cut off by the tide which does come in very quickly. A siren can be heard when the tide is coming in. The location is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nesting birds can also be found on the beach. In the town there are fish and chip shops, ice cream and rock shops. Visitors can also go crab fishing from the shore.

There is a toilet block at the far end of the woods, next to the slope to the beach.

During the main seaon, you can hop onto the Wells Beach bus from the football club car park in Wells down, down to the beach. Dogs are permitted. The bus service includes a fully electric bus and a 1951 Leyland Tiger. The bus service runs most days from Easter until October – click here for a timetable.

Dogs are also allowed on Wells Beach, but please be aware there is a small section of beach that is designated dog-free.

Beach Access Points
• There are steps to the beach over the dunes from the west end of the car park.
• There is a ramp to the beach from the car park and end of Beach Road.
• There is no formal disabled access over the actual beach but a solid footway runs for about 50m westward from the beach access in front of the coast watch lookout.
• There are no beach wheelchairs available.
• There are several flights of steps to supplement access by ramps. All steps have handrails.

On the Beach
• There are RNLI Lifeguards on the beach from July to September 10am to 6pm daily.
• First aid is available from the Lifeguards when operating.
• The Lifeboat house on the beach is often open to visitors. There has been a lifeboat at Wells for over a hundred and fifty years, the first RNLI lifeboat was stationed here in 1869.
• No barbecues are allowed on either Holkham or Wells beach.



  • Disabled toilets


  • Baby changing facilities


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Use the postcode NR23 1DR to reach Beach Road car park. Parking charges apply, this is a pay and display car park. Attendants are on duty, and you’ll find their office at the toilet block, should you need assistance.

Please note there is currently a height restriction barrier in place when entering north Beach Road and Freeman Street car parks. For assistance please email parking@holkham.co.uk. The Beach Café sits next to the car park.

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach


Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1DR

Tel: 01328 713111

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