YHA Wells next the Sea

YHA Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells, Norfolk, NR23 1EQ
Bed in a single gender shared dorm
Private room


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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

The hostel

There are 31 beds and a selection of private rooms and dorm beds available. The hostel has a lounge area with a TV and DVD player where guests can relax and unwind.

The hostel is self-catering only, but within walking distance from a good selection of pubs and shops. Cook up some scrumptious sustenance in the self-catering kitchen or visit one of the town's fantastic venues! The kitchen has two ovens, three sets of hobs, two microwaves, two kettles, two fridges with a tiny freezer - plus enough pots, pans, cutlery and crockery to serve 30 hungry hostellers.

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. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.




  • Ambulant accessible
  • Cot available
  • Cycle store
  • Free wi-fi
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Drying room
  • Laundry
  • Lounge


  • Board games
  • Library/Quiet room
  • TV

Accommodation options

  • En suite rooms available

Food & drink

  • Dining room
  • Self-catering kitchen

Transportation & parking

  • Parking

Other YHA products

  • YHA Exclusive Hire

Need to know

Closed facilities: The following facilities are temporarily closed at this hostel due to COVID-19 safety measures - meeting room(s), 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]

YHA Exclusive Hire

Invite all your family and friends along to YHA Wells-Next-the-Sea and hire the whole place to yourself. To do so please visit our YHA Exclusive Hire website. Open for bookings from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays.


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.

Trip advisor 2020 Travellers Choice award Walkers and cyclists welcome

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