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 currently five car parks providing convenient parking for several hundred cars with additional spaces for visiting coaches.

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Car parks owned by Holkham Estate are now open but with reduced maximum capacity. Please visit the Holkham Estate website for further details.

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 coast.

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 main car parks in Wells, one operated by North Norfolk District Council and two by the Holkham Estate. In addition there are two smaller, privately run car parks.

All car parks charge for parking. The only exception being coach parking in the Wells Town Car Park on Freeman Street, which is free of charge.

During bank holiday weekends and the peak summer season Wells Beach Car Park often fills to capacity before midday.

In order to prevent cars from driving through town to the car park entrance and being turned away, electric signs have been stationed beside the road in various places indicating if the Wells Beach Car Park is full, or if it still has spaces available.

If you’re heading to the beach and the beach car park is full, you can park at the new Wells Town Car Park on Freeman Street and take the Wells Harbour Railway to the beach, or walk along the Beach Mile bank.

A short footpath runs from the eastern end of the car park to Harbour Station, the quay, and the start of Beach Mile.

Wells Beach Car Park

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.

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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.

Wells Town Car Park

There is a new Wells Town Car Park on Freeman Street, run by Holkham Estate.

For Sat Nav directions use postcode NR23 1BF.

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

Parking costs:

Up to 2 hours: £2.00
Up to 4 hours: £3.50
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.

Stearmans Yard Car Park

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.

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NNDC publishes a handy printable leaflet with detailed car parking information for their area, covering Cromer, East Runton, Fakenham, Happisburgh, Holt, Mundesley, North Walsham, Overstrand, 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.

Wells Quay Car Park

There is a car park on Wells Quay, owned by the Port of Wells and operated by a private contractor. There are spaces for 60 cars.

For Sat Nav directions use postcode NR23 1AH.

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Opening hours are 8am – Midnight.

Parking costs:

Daily rate: 8am – midnight: £4.50
Evening rate: 6pm – midnight: £1.00

Car entry and exit is monitored by camera and parking fines are issued automatically. Tickets must be purchased within a few minutes of entry to avoid parking fines. Pay and Display or Pay Online / Mobile.

Camper vans and coaches are prohibited. No parking after midnight.

For more information visit the Port of Wells website.

Freeman Street Car Park

There is a car park on Freeman Street in the old Ark Royal public house car park, operated by a private contractor, with spaces for 40 cars.

For Sat Nav directions use postcode NR23 1AS.

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Open 24 hours, maximum stay 4 hours.

Pay and Display or Pay Online / Mobile.

Parking costs (cars / vans / motorcycles):

Per hour: £1.80
All day: £7.80

Camper vans and coaches are prohibited.

For more information visit the RCP 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.