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A friendly seaside hostel with great facilities for families and lots to see and do nearby.

YHA Wells-next-the-Sea

Church Plain Wells Norfolk NR23 1EQ 0845 371 9544

We say

Wells is one of our favourite North Norfolk seaside towns – a more workaday place than many of its neighbours, and a perfect base for exploring the beautiful north Norfolk coast. It's close to the wonderful pine-backed sandy strand of Holkham Bay and handy too for the long-distance Norfolk Coast Path, which gives access to any number of beaches, creeks, bird-filled marshes and the various seaside villages in between. The hostel is one of the YHA's smaller establishments, with just 31 beds divided between a selection of private and family rooms and dormitories, but it's well equipped with the basics, with a lounge area with a TV and DVD player for guests to unwind, and a self-catering kitchen kitted out with two ovens, three sets of hobs, two microwaves, two kettles and two fridges with a tiny freezer. And if you don't feel like cooking, there are lots of good places to eat and drink in Wells itself. It's an excellent option for families, with several comfy family rooms and tons of things to do on your doorstep, most obviously Holkham Hall, which has vast grounds that encompass a lake, an amazing walled garden, a medieval church, a large woodland play area for kids and bikes for hire. There's also the hall itself of course, which is full of art treasures, and of course the four-mile long beach, which for some is one of the UK's best. Beyond Wells, you can visit the nature reserve at Cley or take a seal trip to Blakeney Point, while the nearby Thursford Collection boats the world's largest collection of steam engines and organs another adventure play park, shops and picnic areas.

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31 beds divided between of private rooms, family rooms and dormitories.

How much?

Dorm beds from £19 a night, private rooms from £32, family rooms from £45.


  • Kitchen
  • Private Rooms
  • Wifi

Looking for...

  • Activities
  • Family-Friendly
  • Seaside
  • Walking
  • YHA hostels

Getting There

From the A149 coast road turn into Church Street. The hostel is opposite St Nicholas parish church. From the waterfront take Staithe Street, then High Street to Church Plain. Please note, the nearest Petrol Station is on the Fakenham roundabout on the A148, 11 miles from Wells.


Open April–October.

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