Seals at Blakeney Point, north Norfolk

Out & About near Wells-next-the-Sea, north Norfolk

Most people who stay at The Waterfront return to Wells-next-the-Sea year after year.

And it’s not really surprising: very few small seaside towns have preserved their traditional character quite so sympathetically.

It means Wells’ picturesque quay - with its fishing boats and children busily gilly crabbing – and the old town’s sandy, pine-fringed beach, remain as appealing now as they ever were.

Without exception, visitors find there are endless things to see and do year-round. Walkers enjoy a wide choice of coastal and cross-country paths – including Peddars Way and Norfolk Coastal Path which, most conveniently, runs alongside The Waterfront.

Ornithologists look on Wells as a bird-watcher’s paradise (nothing quite beats the sight of low-flying Brent or pink-foot geese as they land on the marshes in dawn’s early light). And visitors enjoy nothing more than immersing themselves in the ancient port’s architecture and maritime past.

Here are some of the popular things to do locally:

Eating out

When it comes to eating out, guests will find they’re almost spoilt for choice. Within easy walking distance are cosy traditional pubs with open fires and contemporary restaurants offering locally caught seafood and Norfolk sourced Venison, Beef, Lamb, Partridge and Pheasant.

  • French's Fish & Chips - the finest fish and chip restaurant and takeaway on the North Norfolk Coast
  • The Albatros - a sailing ship built in 1899, also known as a North Sea Klipper - used as a bar, restaurant & music venue
  • Wells Crab House Café - family run restaurant offering quality local produce, including fresh seafood caught by their boat
  • The Globe Inn - an ideal spot for a pint and some simple, home cooked food.
  • The Crown Hotel - casual à la carte dining

Wells Quayside, north Norfolk