We are blessed to be on such a beautiful stretch of the North Norfolk coast. Whether visiting as a family or young couple, there is plenty to do and see. From taking in the delights of our wonderful coastal town in Wells-next-the-Sea, to seal watching slightly further afield at Blakeney Point, the variety of attractions and things to do attracts visitors year round.

It's why Wells and North Norfolk are treasures of not only the East, but all of Great Britain. Take your time to browse our top picks below and click through to find out more. If you would like us to book any of the activities, or simply want to know a bit more about the area, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly team.

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Wells-next-the-Sea has everything you would expect from a Norfolk seaside town, and more.

 

From the colourful beach huts and pinewoods, to first class crabbing spots, to our very own carnival once a year! The town itself is made up of narrow cobbled streets, old alleys and boat yards, leading down to the quayside. On the short walk from our front door down to the sea, you’ll pass an eclectic array of independent shops, delis and coffee shops. Then, of course, the quay itself offers fresh fish stalls, hot food vans and souvenir shops - for the all-important stick of rock. 

 

When you’ve spent some time exploring the town, your natural next stop will be the beach! Take a look at the Wells Guide top ten things to do during your visit!

 

The quay and harbour are a hive of activity, particularly during the warmer months when the crabs and lobsters are out of hibernation. Home to a fishing fleet of crabbers and angling vessels who supply fresh fish, crab and lobster to local and regional businesses, including our kitchen! 

 

The best place to enjoy the quay is from the sea! Take a Wells Harbour Tour with trips along the harbour taking in the boats and buildings that make the quayside what it is, pass through the salt marshes and down the beach. To join a tour, head to the pick-up point on the quay. The Sunset Tour is a favourite of ours!

 

You cannot visit Wells with the family in tow without doing a little crabbing off the quay! Check out the Gilly Hut where you can hire buckets and environmentally friendly crabbing supplies! Take a look at the Wells Guide crabbing guide below.

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Discover Wells, Holkham and more, from the saddle! What better way to cover the miles while exploring the best of North Norfolk.

 

The Wells Guide have put together a handy guide with cycle routes including the Wells & Holkham 12 mile circuit, and for those with a little more pedal power, the Wells and Walsingham Loop - a 40 mile adventure!

There a few local bike hire shops in Wells and at Holkham. For a little extra zoom for your adventures, try Cockles Bay Ebike Hire! The power assisted Rad Rhino bikes mean you don't have to do all the hardwork.

 

Holkham Estate is a must visit when you stay with us! From Holkham Hall, the history, stunning walled garden, park and nature reserve, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Think row boating on Holkam's mile-long lake, the Woodland Play Area for the little ones, and the Ropes Course for the slightly bigger ones!

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to tours at Holkham. There is the popular Safari on Foot, a full day adventure focusing on birds, invertebrates, wildflowers, plants, fungi and trees and their habitats. The Deer and Wildlife Safari, a whistle stop tour of the deer park on a trailer pulled by a tractor. Or something a little more niche with a Foraging Course.

It is a 9 minute drive to Holkham Hall from our front door, or under an hour on foot. 

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Both Holkham and Wells Beach are unspoilt and beautiful stretches of sand that are home to many species of flora and fauna. Holkham beach, featured in the closing scenes of Shakespeare in Love with Gwyenth Paltrow walking along the sand at low tide. 

Both beaches are dog-friendly, offering hours of fun for salty sea dogs and those that love to get their paws sandy. Take a look at our dog friendly bedrooms by clicking here

Holkham Estate offer some interesting tours and talks on the beach including Exploring the Sand Dunes and the Birds and Birdsong educational walk.

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Blakeney is a National Trust Nature Reserve around a 14 minute drive from us. 

The Nature Reserve includes the Blakeney Freshes, 160 acres of freshwater grazing marsh and essential area for breeding birds and wintering wild fowl. Another area of importance for wildlife is Stiffkey Saltmarshes, think twisting, muddy creeks and beautiful landscape - the perfect spot for twitchers!

Take it all in along the Blakeney Point Coastal Walk, 4 miles of nature lover's heaven - ramble along the shingle spit and into the sand dunes. 

 

Of course, the main attraction to Blakeney Point is the country's largest grey seal colony. This amazing sight can only be viewed by boat. Take a look at the various tours you can take by clicking here. 

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Fancy exploring Wells-next-the-Sea and the North Norfolk coast in a unique and wonderful way? Why not go on an adventure with an alpaca!

Alpacas are smart, herd animals who have been domesticated for hundreds of years due to their sweet natures. Often shy, yet very curious, Alpacas make for fun and usual companions while you take in the stunning views across the salt-marshes and out to sea.

 

Your tour guide (not the alpaca) will share the history of our beautiful coastline as you are taken towards Stiffkey and back again. Tours can be from 1 hour to 4 hours long.

 

Oh, and feel free to take some chopped apples for your tour mate.

 

Just a 29 minute drive from our pub and inn is the Norfolk Lavender farm - home to tranquil lavender gardens, oil distillery, national lavender collection and herb gardens. 

The story of Norfolk Lavender began back in 1932 with a gift of 6 acres of land, 13,000 lavender plants and £15... Now, world famous and spread over 100 acres, this place is definitely worth a visit, if only for the highly instagram-able lavender fields back drop!

While you are there you can take a distillery tour, mooch the garden centre or enjoy tea and cake in the Lavender Lounge tearoom. 

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