Wells-next-the-Sea town in Norfolk, England, UK

Wells-next-the-Sea town in Norfolk, England, UK.

Wells-next-the-Sea is a pretty town with a network of narrow alleyways, Georgian houses and it is the only surviving active port on the North Norfolk coast. After some of the North Sea’s very high tides it is not unusual to see boats sitting high and dry in the middle of the High Street. Check out the High Tides marks on the wall by the harbour!

Wells is linked to one of the most famous mutinies in our history. John Fryer, born in Wells in 1754, was Master of the Bounty. He joined the ship in 1787 and was arrested along with Captain Bligh by the mutineers. He died in 1817 and was buried in the local churchyard.

It is not advised that you swim in the harbour itself, but you can drive from the harbour down close to the beach where there are parking and toilet facilities. There is a sandy beach backing onto dunes and pine trees, which were planted by a former Earl of Leicester. It has the most fascinating array of beach huts of all shapes and sizes, some of which are built on stilts. Or you can take a miniature railway, which runs beside the beach road, from the town down to the beach.

Ride the Wells to Walsingham Railway, at four miles long it is the longest 10.25inch railway in the world. The steam locomotive Norfolk Hero is the largest of its kind ever built.

Its network of narrow streets are packed with shops to tempt your purses and pubs, restaurants and cafes to tempt your palette.

Why not visit the museum and find out about the maritime history of Wells-next-the-Sea.

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