Plan your visit to Holkham Beach
Holkham Beach opening times
Holkham Beach is accessed via Lady Anne’s Drive, just off the main coastal road, A149, and opposite the entrance to Holkham Village and The Victoria. The car park is open from 6am-9pm.
Parking charges apply on Lady Anne’s Drive:
Up to 2 hours: £3.50, Up to 4 hours: £6.50, Over 4 hours and all day: £10
Purchase of an all-day ticket allows free parking on the same day in Holkham Park during the visitor season.
Directions and parking
Use the postcode NR23 1RG to reach Lady Anne’s Drive. Parking charges apply, this is a pay and display car park. Attendants are on duty at the top end of the drive if you need assistance. The Lookout visitor centre can also be found here. The beach is accessed by following the boardwalk through the pine woods until it opens out on Holkham Bay. On busy days our overflow car park will be opened, which means parking on grass and walking a little further to the beach.
Parking: Pay and display. Card and cash accepted.
Car Park Open: 6am-9pm
Satnav: NR23 1RG
Horse riding at Holkham
Yes – you can bring your horse to ride at Holkham Beach (and it’s a great place to ride, too!)
We would be grateful if you could stick to certain restrictions to help protect our landscapes and keep everyone safe.
Can I pay for parking by card?
Yes, all machines accept coins or contactless.
Is there accessible parking?
Yes, please proceed to the top of Lady Anne’s Drive where you will find designated bays.
How much is it to park my horsebox?
£20, but please check the restricted timings for horses visiting Holkham Beach on weekends and holidays – click here for full details.
What is classed as a long vehicle?
Anything over 4.8m.
How much is it to park at the beach?
2 hours- £3.50, 4 hours- £6.50, All Day- £10
Does my parking ticket allow me to park at Holkham Hall on the same day?
With the purchase of an all-day ticket for £10, you are permitted to park in Holkham Park on the same day for free. All other ticket types will require an additional ticket if entering the park.
How long does it take to reach the beach from the car park?
The beach is accessed through the pine woods and will take approximately 10 minutes from the top of Lady Anne’s Drive. Please be aware it will take longer depending on how far down Lady Anne’s Drive you are parked.
How long does it take to reach the shoreline?
From the entrance to Holkham Beach to the shoreline is around a 30 minute walk, depending on the tides. Please be mindful of where you are walking and try to stick to trodden paths to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds and other fauna and flora.
Are there toilets at the Beach?
You’ll be relieved to know there are toilets! At Wells, they can be found in the main block at the entrance to the car park, and there are additional toilets open spring to autumn in the pinewoods on the path to the end of the beach huts. At Holkham Beach, they are located inside The Lookout and also in Holkham village, opposite the Adnams store.
Can I camp in the woods or on the beach?
No, camping is permitted on any part of Holkham Estate.
Can I bring a BBQ to Holkham or Wells Beach?
No. The use of barbeques, fires, stoves and sky lanterns are strictly prohibited on all our beaches, and in the pinewoods and Holkham Park too.
Is it safe to swim at Holkham or Wells-next-the-Sea beach?
Take care when swimming – only swim where it is marked safe by red and yellow flags as there are strong tidal currents. Lifeguards are on duty from Wells-next-the-Sea beach 2nd July – 4th September daily. To avoid being cut off by the tide, ensure you know when high tide is and ensure you are off any sandbanks 4 hours before high tide.
Where can we see the Spoonbills?
They can usually be spotted from Joe Jordan Hide, accessed from the west track behind the pines, starting from the Lookout Café at the top of Lady Anne’s Drive.
Is there are café at the Beach?
The Beach Café at Wells serving hot and cold food and drinks, and with seating both inside and out. At Holkham Beach there is The Lookout, which serves light snacks and refreshments, which can be enjoyed whilst looking out over the Holkham National Nature Reserve.