Driving, arriving and parking in picturesque Wells-next-the-Sea

Established in a time of horse-drawn transport, Wells has evolved and adapted over the years to accommodate an increasing influx of vehicular traffic, particularly in the busy summer season. There are now three large car parks providing convenient parking for several hundred cars with additional spaces for visiting coaches.

Driving to Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells-next-the-Sea is located on the main A149 coast road between Holkham and Stiffkey.

There are three primary approaches to Wells – from the south, drive to Fakenham and then head north on the B1105; from the west via King’s Lynn and then following the main coast road; or from the east, again along the coast road, via Cromer, Sheringham, and the picturesque villages on the North Norfolk riviera.

The coast road hasn’t changed significantly in decades – it is winding, narrow, sometimes single-file only – and in summer and public holidays it gets very busy. As a result don’t expect to travel anywhere quickly! And don’t forget to allow plenty of leeway if you need to be somewhere at a specific time.

So remember to relax, slow down and enjoy the drive. Take the time to appreciate the unique scenery, the charming sandstone and flint architectural vernacular, the enlivening sea air – and the Norfolk pace of life. It will all be worth it when you get there!

Parking in Wells-next-the-Sea

There are three public car parks in Wells, one operated by North Norfolk District Council, the other two by the Holkham Estate.

All three car parks charge for parking. The only exception being coach parking in the Freeman Street car park, which is free of charge.

Car Parks operated by NNDC

There is a public car park on Stearmans Yard operated by North Norfolk District Council. It provides parking for 160 cars and there are public toilets. For Sat Nav directions use postcode NR23 1BA.

NNDC publishes a handy printable leaflet with detailed car parking information for their area, covering Cromer, East Runton, Fakenham, Happisburgh, Holt, Mundesley, North Walsham, Overstarand, Sea Palling, Sheringham, Stalham, Wells and Weybourne.

The current rate for parking on Stearmans Yard is £1.50 per hour, however 24 hour tickets can be purchased from any ticket machine for £7.00 and are transferable to other NNDC car parks for the duration of the ticket.

Parking charges apply from 8:00am – 6.00pm.

If you’re staying longer, weekly tickets can be purchased for £28.00 from Wells-next-the-Sea Tourist Information Centre at The Maltings (from April to October), on the NNDC website or by calling 01263 513811 during office hours. Weekly tickets can purchased up two months in advance.

No charge is made for motorbike parking.

More information, including coach and motorhome parking, can be found on the NNDC Car Parks page.

Car Parks operated by Holkham Estate

There is a large car park at the entrance to Wells Beach, run by Holkham Estate. It is located approximately 1 mile from the town centre. For Sat Nav directions use postcode NR23 1DR.

Opening hours are 6am – 9pm.

Parking costs:

Up to 1 hour: £2.00
Up to 2 hours: £3.50
Up to 4 hours: £6.50
Over 4 hours and all day: £9.00

The all day ticket is transferable to Holkham Park during the visitor season, saving £3.00.

A weekly ticket can be purchased for £30.00.

Coaches, caravans and trailers are prohibited and the car park is locked at night with no overnight parking permitted.

For more information visit the Holkham website.

There is a car park on Freeman Street, run by Holkham Estate. For Sat Nav directions use postcode NR23 1FD.

Opening hours are 8am – 7pm from April – September and 8am – 4pm from October to March.

Parking costs:

Up to 2 hours: £1.00
Up to 4 hours: £3.00
Over 4 hours and all day: £5.00

A weekly ticket can be purchased for £30.00.

Coach parking is FREE.

Caravans and trailers are prohibited and the car park is locked at night with no overnight parking permitted.

For more information visit the Holkham website.

Disabled Parking in Wells-next-the-Sea

Disabled bays are provided in the Stearmans Yard car park and can be used by those registered and displaying the national blue badge.

Disabled parking is not provided free of charge and users must pay the usual car parking fee, however disabled drivers displaying a blue badge will be permitted 30 minutes additional time over the expiry time of the ticket purchased.