Our North Norfolk coastline is awarded 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and it isn't hard to see why when greeted to the breathtaking views of Wells-next-the-Sea and its Quay, harbour and sandy beach. This little seaside town is best known for being a manufacturing town in the 18th century, supplying large quantities of Malt to the Dutch and then later to London breweries. Evidence of the towns past still exists today with the granary and overhanging gantry, an iconic landmark that makes up the towns skyline. Also the Grade II listed Maltings building which underwent a £5m refurbishment and is now a large cultural and community centre for locals and tourists. Another popular landmark that continually brings people into Wells, is the Dutch sailing barge 'The Albatross'. Built in 1899 and one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat, the Albatross is now a popular bar and restaurant.
In the height of summer you will often see the quayside lined with families with lines, nets and buckets all trying to catch gillies, a small crab common to the area. If catching crabs isn't for you then how about a train ride? The Wells Harbour Railway is a small gauge railway that will take you on a mile long journey from the town centre to the Pinewoods Holiday Park, from here you can visit the Beach Cafe or start the short walk to the beach. Just outside of the town is the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway, where you can climb aboard the worlds smallest public railway. This 30 minute journey will take you from Wells to the small village of Walsingham, a famous place of pilgrimage. Every year Wells Carnival kicks off at the beginning of August, with live entertainment, craft fairs, workshops and the carnival day parade, this week long spectacle is definitely worth a visit.
With amusement arcades, ice cream, fish & chips and plenty of shops to discover, Wells-next-the-Sea is the perfect place to bring the whole family.
If you are interested to find out more about Wells and all that this beautiful seaside town has to offer, then we have listed some useful websites for your information.
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