YHA Wells next the Sea

YHA Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells, Norfolk, NR23 1EQ
Bed in a shared room - from £15.00/night


  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 21:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Private room - from £29.00/night


  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Heating
  • Hot water
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 21:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Entire place - Whole hostel - from £199.00/night
  • Whole hostel

    4 bathrooms 9 bedrooms sleeps up to 28 guests

    Converted from a church hall, YHA Wells-Next-The-Sea offers compact but quality accommodation with a seaside type ambience. This property is a great spot for those looking to book a family holiday by the beach.

    From £199.00/night


  • Ambulant accessible
  • Bed linen
  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Cot available
  • Disabled access rooms available
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Dryer
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Heating
  • Highchair
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00 - 21:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property. The self-catering kitchen will be closed for cleaning daily from 10:00 - 12:00.
Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.
Hire YHA Wells-next-the-Sea and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture, or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The small kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: fridge/freezer, kettle, microwave, 2 ovens, refrigerator, toaster, tumble dryer, washing machine.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery for 28 people, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: bin bags, cloths, tea towels, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining area is adjacent to the kitchen. It seats up to 24 people across 6 tables and chairs.

A highchair is available.


The lounge is located on the ground floor and seats up to 20 people. There are comfy sofas, chairs and coffee tables. You can choose a book from the bookshelf or catch-up with the news on the TV.

There is a separate smaller lounge/quiet room with 2 comfy sofa. You can also relax in the coffee lounge, adjacent to reception. This has 2 coffee tables and 6 chairs.


Across the entire building there is a total of four bathrooms.

En-suite bathrooms: 1

Toilets: 5

Showers: 5

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.


Outside consists of some grounds.

Guests have full access to the grounds.

Outdoor amenities: cycle store.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of nine bedrooms.

Ground floor

One en-suite room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath. This room has disabled access.

First floor

One room that sleeps up to 2 people. It includes a double bed.

Five rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a single bed.

One room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

A cot is available.


Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

As East of England escapes go, this pretty north Norfolk fishing town gets our gold medal! With wonderful wildlife, winding waymarked trails, serene salt marshes and a sweeping stretch of sandy beach, you'd be hard pressed to find somewhere more picturesque than Wells.

Explore the creeks and salt marshes teeming with bird life, walk along sandy beaches on a seaside break, or take a boat trip to see the seal colony. You could even go crabbing on the quayside before tucking into the local fish and chips!

Why guests love YHA Wells-next-the-Sea

  • Close to beaches, creeks and salt marshes
  • Great for wildlife lovers
  • Historic seaside resort

Accommodation at YHA Wells-next-the-Sea

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.

Private rooms

Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Hire the whole place

This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire.


Hostel facilities

  • 24-hour access
  • Ambulant accessible
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Dining room
  • Free parking on premises
  • Highchair
  • Library
  • Near bus stop
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Shared drying room
  • Shared laundry room
  • Shared lounge
  • Shared TV
  • Sole use
  • Wheelchair accessible

Hostel need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - luggage/storage room(s).

Check in: From 17:00 - 21:00

Check out: Before 10:00

Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or purchase from reception. Bedding is supplied.

YHA Wells-next-the-Sea - Access Statement

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YHA Wells-next-the-Sea

Map references

OS Map: 132

OS Grid Ref: TF917433

Lat/Lng: 52.951649, 0.853195

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9544

Email: [email protected]


Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

This hostel is part of our Volunteer Managers programme. You can find out about becoming a Volunteer Manager and supporting our small hostels on our Volunteering site.


Did you know there were four previous YHA Wells-next-the-Sea before the current YHA? Each four hostels lifespans were cut short due to the hostels failing. In 2002, YHA Wells-next-the-Sea opened its doors after a mass conversion, and it has stayed a consistently popular seaside youth hostel ever since.

Meet the team

Manager Mark recommends: So much to do, a weekend break may not be enough! Spend a day in Holkham, visit the Hall & Bygones Museum, stroll or cycle through the Deer Park via the Walled Gardens, Triumphal Arch and Ice House. Visit the local Boutiques at the North Gates entrance and relax in the Stables Café or Victoria Hotel before enjoying an evening by the seaside on the award winning Holkham Beach.

Make seal spotting extra special and take a boat trip around Blakeney Point. Ferries run from Morston Quay daily between 1 April and 31 October and it’s simply the best way to view England’s largest seal colony.

TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award Walkers and cyclists welcome

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