Wells-next-the-Sea is a lively harbour town in North Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of the most popular seaside towns in Norfolk if not the United Kingdom, Wells is loved for its beautiful family-friendly and sandy beach, lively quay and charming town centre.
Wells makes a perfect base for a Norfolk holiday or long weekend on the North Norfolk coast. In this Wells hotel guide, I share the best hotels in and around Wells-next-the-Sea, you help you plan the perfect Norfolk holiday.
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Planning a visit to Wells-next-the-Sea? I share tips on getting there, where to stay, places to eat + things to do locally in my ultimate Wells visitor guide.
Hotels in Wells-next-the-Sea
If you’re looking for holiday cottages, vacation rentals, Airbnb or camping and glamping accommodation, head over to our guide to places to stay in Wells-next-the-Sea.
The Globe Inn, Wells-next-the-Sea
This former Norfolk coach house in the centre of Wells was renovated back in 2018 and has become a lovely hotel with nineteen rooms. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated, and they have a wonderfully funky vibe.
There are also family-sized self-catering apartments, hip loft suite rooms and standard doubles rooms set around a courtyard, with classically styled rooms in the main building overlooking the Buttlands, Wells’ popular tree-lined green.
The restaurant, which always receives great reviews, focuses on local produce, especially seafood, and the menu offers pub classics such as fish and chips, burgers and pies, and changes seasonally.
The hotel is perfect for a pet friendly holiday, they have a special dog menu for your four-legged friend including items to nibble, chew, gnaw and drink. Genius!
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The Black Lion, Little Walsingham
The Black Lion is a small hotel in the village of Little Walsingham which has recently been refurbished with six rooms all stylishly and individually decorated.
The ethos at the Black Lion is to make the most of the wonderful local and sustainable produce, making sure to use only fresh and high-quality ingredients.
The chefs and staff are passionate about seafood, which is reflected in their menus, using locally caught lobster and crab off the North Norfolk coast. The bar supports local real ales and a growing selection of locally distilled gins.
The Black Lion is a wonderful retreat for adults only and is within a ten minute drive of Wells, and within easy reach of many of the area’s attractions.
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The Victoria, Holkham
The Victoria Inn sits between the Holkham National Nature Reserve, the golden sands of Holkham beach, considered one of the best in the United Kingdom, and the parkland surrounding Holkham Hall, one of Norfolk’s grandest stately homes.
The Vic has 20 individually decorated rooms, across two historic buildings, with ten rooms in each. Choose from small and cosy doubles to large family suites, and dog friendly rooms in the main building.
The Victoria’s menus showcase the very best locally sourced ingredients. Fish and shellfish from the North Norfolk coast, meat from one of the farm tenants and fruits and vegetables from Holkham Hall’s own walled garden, all make for a delicious and sustainable meal.
Alongside the restaurant is an orangery, offering amazing views of the nearby coastline, and there’s a traditional snug bar where you can get cosy by the fire in the cooler months – make sure to pack a good book!
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The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea
The Crown, located in Wells-next-the-Sea is a charming hotel with 20 luxury en-suite bedrooms. Each room is uniquely and individually designed to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
A few rooms have splendid copper baths, some of them outside, so you can enjoy bathing in the open air! Room 23 even has a copper bath on its fabulous south-facing rooftop deck, and room 21 has a copper bath inside, perfect for those winter days.
The hotel also serves fantastic food and makes the most of the finest and freshest seasonal produce. Guests can choose one of three areas in the hotel to eat; the Chancery Room, the Gun Room and the Library Room. Alternatively, if weather permits, eat on the sun-soaked south east facing terrace.
The Crown also provides free parking, which is at a premium in the bustling town, and free wifi as well, making it an excellent choice if you’re on a working holiday or have teenagers with you.
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Pubs with Rooms in Wells-next-the-Sea
The Red Lion, Stiffkey
The Stiffkey Red Lion is a great British pub, that just happens to have ten rooms in which to stay. ‘Comfortable and laid back without being pretentious’ is how they describe themselves, and with a mix of modern and classic decor throughout, this is a gorgeous location in which to spend your break.
The eco-friendly accommodation features a sedum roof for warmth in the winter and coolness in summer, recycled rainwater and full insulation to make your stay as comfy as possible.
The rooms, all with en suite, are located in a separate building from the pub. Each has its own front door for easy access, and depending on which floor you’re on, you will have either a terrace or a balcony to enjoy that well-deserved drink after exploring the Norfolk coast. Some of the rooms have incredible views over the salt flats.
The hotel also has a restaurant with a menu full of locally sourced ingredients to choose from, and with your stay, a delicious breakfast is included. Take your dog along for a treat as they are more than welcome, there is even a dog friendly bar.
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The Three Horseshoes, Warham
The Three Horseshoes is a fantastic location for people who love pubs with real character. You can enjoy the unspoilt bar and dining rooms, or soak up the sunshine in the spacious walled garden.
The flint-built pub has recently refurbished the rooms upstairs and also in the Old Post Cottage next door, and now has six wonderfully decorated and comfortable rooms for you to choose from, named after local places in Norfolk.
All rooms have en suite bathrooms and all are dog friendly. You’ll find simple but elegant decor and period features like original fireplaces, wood panelling and free-standing baths.
The food on offer in the pub is simple, made with the best local produce, and the bar has a good wine list and serves local ales. This is a family-owned and family-run pub and always offers a warm welcome to all.
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The Hero at Burnham Overy Staithe
The Hero is a delightful pub with rooms tucked away in the quiet coastal village of Burham Overy Staithe, about four miles west along the coast from Wells. Named after Admiral Lord Nelson, Norfolk’s most famous son who learnt to sail in these waters, The Hero is one of my personal favourites in East Anglia.
A laid-back and lively pub, The Hero is a wonderful place to base yourself to explore the coastal walks & remote nature trails of Nelson’s County, literally a two minute walk away, and the perfect place to stay to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The three unique rooms are located in a separate building from the main pub with their own private entrance. All rooms are dog friendly and come with a fantastic a la carte breakfast included, making it a great value for money option.
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Other Accommodation in Wells-next-the-Sea
If you like staying in hotels rather than self-catering but want to pay less per night than a hotel, you may enjoy these highly recommended Wells B&B properties;
- Armeria, Wells-next-the-Sea
- Bang in Wells, Wells-next-the-Sea
- The Waterfront B&B, Wells-next-the-Sea
- Manor Farm Guesthouse, Wells-next-the-Sea
- Arch House Bed and Breakfast, Wells-next-the-Sea
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