Places to visit locally
Places to visit locally
Our corner of North Norfolk is steeped in history and in a designated Area of Outstanding
Historic sites and villages
Binham Priory was founded by a nephew of William the Conqueror and is one of the earliest Norman religious foundations in the country. The impressive ruins are set amoung some of the most beautiful countryside with earthworks visible in adjoining fields. Binham is about five miles from Wells.
Featuring some of the most impressive and complete earthworks in the county, Warham Camp is an Iron Age hill fort in the form of steep banks and deep ditches built on a rise over looking the river Stiffkey. It is a fascinating place to visit and very atmospheric. Warham is around two miles out of Wells.
This is a fascinating village to visit for anybody interested in Naval history as it was the birthplace of Lord Nelson, who father was rector of the parish church. The village's main pub was built in 1637 and was known as The Plough until 1798 when it was renamed The Lord Nelson in honour of the victory at the Battle of the Nile. Nelson held a dinner here prior to his departure to join HMS Agamemnon and a visit to the pub is like stepping back in time. Also a visit to the church is an absolute must with all its Nelson history. Burnham Thorpe is around five miles from Wells.
Around 5 miles from Wells, Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times. Both the Roman Catholic and Anglican shrines in the village attract thousand of visitors and pilgrims each year. It is a beautiful place with an almost tangible atmosphere. Walsingham can be reached from Wells on the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, the world's longest 10¼" inch railway, which operates a busy timetable with steam and diesel-hauled trains from late March to the start of November.
From the spiritual to the splendid, Holkham Hall, situated just along the coast from Wells, is a magnificent Palladian mansion built between 1734 and 1764 by Thomas Coke, the first Earl of Leicester. Not only is the house itself worth a visit but the estate boasts tea rooms, a café and the most magnificent parkland to walk around.
The Coasthopper bus is an easy way to travel along the north Norfolk coast between King's Lynn and Sheringham. There are also regular buses from Wells to Fakenham and on to Norwich, and main line railway services at Kings Lynn and Norwich.
Wells sits on the centre of the North Norfolk Coast path, with just over 20 miles of breath-taking scenery in either direction as well as many fine walks in the local area.
Cycling is a great way to get around - the smaller roads round Wells are often almost traffic free and it is a wonderful way to see the sights. Bicycle hire is usually available on Staithe Street or from the Beach Road Car Park in season.
Bite To Eat
If you are looking for a good traditional breakfast and a warm welcome, a good anchorage for visiting sailors would be at Sands Restaurant, situated on the quayside with a beautiful vista overlooking the harbour. Be sure to mention to the owners that you are a visiting sailor and you will receive a hearty breakfast which will keep you fuelled up during your voyage.
If you are looking for a lunchtime treat or evening meal then take a stroll across the quayside to the new restaurant Season, this restaurant is being operated by a local family Plattens of Wells that are providing a taste of delicacies and produce from North Norfolk.
For the evening meal the Wells Crab House under new management is well worth a try less than 5 minutes walk from the bustling quay on Freeman Street where you can order freshly caught crab, lobster and fish.
These are just a few suggestions from the Harbour Office but there are many other super restaurants and bars in Wells for you to enjoy, whether this is the Crown and The Globe on the Buttlands, the Golden Fleece on the quayside or the wonderful Wells Deli plus many more for you to discover!