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Holkham Beach

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England

Attraction Information

  • Beaches icon Beaches

Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Holkham Beach is three miles long and, at low tide, half a mile deep in fine sand. A beach for simple activities such as sandcastle building or kite flying, there are no lifeguards or modern facilities here but there are sea shells and safe paddling and frankly who needs more?!

If you do though, then it's part of the vast Holkham National Nature Reserve which itself includes a children's play area, boating lake and bygone museum so there are plenty of pleasant little ways to extend your day without even leaving the estate.

Be aware there is a nudist section on the western side of the beach. There are often families of naturists as well as individuals and it's certainly educational and gets some interesting conversations going, but it's not necessarily what you want to stumble across, so be sure to plan carefully which bits you want to see.

Please note that the address given is for the nearby hotel for reference only. Lady Anne's Drive, opposite the hotel, takes you straight to the beach.


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Getting There and Contact Information


Park Road, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1RG, England


Click here to visit Holkham Beach's website
01328 711183

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Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Year round daylight access.

April to September

Car park 06:00 - 21:00

October to March

Car park 06:00 - 18:00

No lifeguard cover at any time.


Free admission.

Car Parking 10 minutes away on Lady Ann's Drive which charges.

More Information

Eating information

The new Beach Cafe right beside Holkham Beach offers a nicely rounded selection of treats and refreshments.


It's rather isolated and other than the cafe one for customers the nearest loos are actually in Holkham village which is apparently about half an hour each way in the car, so taking extra nappies and bags or a potty along for the smalls might be a good.


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