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Surrounded by gorgeous coastline, this is one of Norfolk's most attractive towns

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With its wide, sweeping beach backed by pine trees, Wells-next-the-Sea is widely considered to be one of Norfolk’s most picturesque towns.

Wells-next-the-Sea is an attractive port on the Norfolk coast, 32 miles from Norwich. It features a busy harbour full of fishing boats, elegant Staithe Street lined with independent shops, a lovely park and a variety of excellent restaurants and pubs. As you explore this unspoilt Norfolk town, you’ll notice terraces of smart, Georgian homes and interesting attractions, including the harbour railway, which ferries passengers back and forth between the beach and harbour. Wells-next-the-Sea is surrounded by some of England’s most spectacular coastline, where you can hike, swim and wildlife-watch.

The beach at Wells-next-the-Sea is a wonderful place to unwind, with a striking network of dunes and rows of colourfully painted beach huts. There’s also a land-locked pool which is popular for pleasure boating and canoeing. Overlooking the beach is an area of pine woods, which is part of the Holkham Nature Reserve, where you can spot pink-footed geese, larks, finches and pipits.

For a fun day out, take a ride on the Wells Walsingham Light Railway, which operates steam trains between Wells-next-the-Sea and Walsingham. Lounging in the railway’s unique Garratt locomotive while the countryside floats by is an unforgettable experience.

Beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea

You’d struggle to find a better base for exploring Norfolk than Wells-next-the-Sea. Blakeney, Sheringham and Cromer are all lovely destinations, where you’ll find peace, tranquillity and plenty of restaurants serving local seafood specialities such as Cromer crab. The bustling market town and port of King’s Lynn is also worth a visit. If you’re prepared to travel a little further, Norwich is a fascinating city, full of culture, history and excellent shops.

“With its wide, sweeping beach backed by pine trees, Wells-next-the-Sea is widely considered to be one of Norfolk’s most picturesque towns.”

In and around Wells-next-the-Sea you’ll find some lovely places to eat and drink, including traditional tearooms and rustic, old pubs. The Globe Inn is a welcoming pub overlooking the green known as Buttlands. As well as a fine selection of local ales, The Globe serves well cooked pub food at reasonable prices.

Another good option is Sands, a stylish restaurant overlooking the beach. Food is served all day, with a range of beautifully presented dishes on offer, including monkfish and chorizo kebabs with Lyonnaisse potatoes, sugarsnap peas and beurre blanc. If you’re after a quick bite to eat by the sea, try The Beach Café, a relaxed establishment serving salads, sandwiches, pasties and cakes.

While you’re there

Holkham Hall

An 18th century country house with thousands of acres to explore.

The Globe Inn

A boutique restaurant perfect for refueling after a day of adventures.

Wells and Walshingham Light Railway

The longest 10 and a quarter inch narrow gauge steam railway in the world.

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