Visit Holkham

Plan your visit to Wells-next-the-Sea Beach

Wells Beach and Beach Café opening times

Beach Road car park is open every day, 6am-9pm

Freeman Street car park is open every day, 8am-7pm

Wells Beach Café is open every day, 10am-5pm


Parking charges apply at Beach Road car park:

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.

When the car park is full, you’ll be directed to Freeman Street car park in Wells. It is ¾ of a mile to the beach, or a bus service is available, fares apply.

Use the postcode NR23 1DR to reach Beach Road car park. Parking charges apply, this is a pay and display car park. Attendants are on duty, and you’ll find their office at the toilet block, should you need assistance.

The Beach Café sits next to the car park.

The beach is accessed either to the right of the beach café, over a tarmac slope (this takes you to the dog-free zone), or through the pine woods with two access ways via wooden stairs, and one via a wooden slope.

There is also a toilet block at the far end of the woods, next to the slope.

Parking info

Parking: Pay and display

Beach Road parking open: 6am – 9pm
Freeman Street parking open: 8am-7pm

Satnav: NR23 1DR

All aboard!

New for summer 2022, our Wells Beach Bus is here!

The bus service will run daily throughout the summer until October.

Every day, our fully electric bus will take passengers from the football club car park in Wells town down to the beach.

At weekends and bank holidays, the electric bus will be joined by a 1951 open-top Leyland Tiger.

See the FAQs below to find out more.


Where can I park?

We have two car parks in Wells, Freeman Street car park sits near to the quay and is within walking distance to the main high street. Beach Road car park sits at the top of the harbour at the beach.

Where shall I park if Beach Road car park is full?

When Beach Road car park is full, you will be directed back to Freeman Street car park which is used as an overflow. You can choose to walk the sea wall back to the beach, or hop on the beach bus.

Is the Beach Café run by Holkham?

Yes, the Beach Café is one of three Holkham cafés.

Is Wells-next-the-Sea dog friendly?

Yes, you will find a lot of the town dog-friendly. Wells Beach Café is well-known for being one of the most dog-friendly places on the coast where your four-legged friends are welcome inside and out. Dogs are also allowed on Wells Beach, but please be aware there is a small section of beach that is designated dog-free.

Can I bring a BBQ to Wells or Holkham 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.

Wells Beach Bus

How much do tickets cost?

£2 for adults and £1 for under 16s.

We offer single fares only. These are payable by card.

Is there a timetable?

The service will remain flexible to accommodate demand and weather conditions, rather than following a set timetable.

When does the service run?

The buses run daily between April and October.

The electric bus runs every day. The vintage, open-top Leyland Tiger runs at weekends on high days and holidays.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes – both our electric bus and the vintage Leyland Tiger are dog-friendly. Please keep them on a lead.

Are the buses accessible for wheelchairs?

The electric bus (which runs every day) lowers to kerb height with an access ramp.

Unfortunately the Leyland Tiger does not have the ability to lower to kerb height.

Is the train still running?

No, the harbour railway which previously connected Wells town to Pinewoods was sold by the previous owners. We wanted to ensure that the replacement offered a better – and generally more sustainable – service.

Our electric bus, which is the main mode of transport, takes passengers from the town all the way to the roundabout at the end of Beach Road, meaning you will be dropped off even closer to the beach, Wells Beach Café and the toilets!

We know that the Wells Harbour Railway was a highlight for many locals and holiday-makers. Our 1951 open-top Leyland Tiger offers a unique, fun and memorable experience.

Where are the pick-up and drop-off points?

The bus stop in the town is at the football club car park, at the end of Beach Road and close to Wells quay.

The bus will take passengers to end of Beach Road, close to the public toilets and path to the beach. This is where you will be collected for the return to town, too.