Explore the Coastline at Wells on a Harbour Boat Tour

The North Norfolk coastline is like no other and has an abundance of sights for those who are lovers of the great outdoors. The coastal towns are teeming with unforgettable attractions waiting to be discovered, from picturesque beaches to quaint quays and harbours. For the outdoor enthusiast, one of the best ways to take in the delights of the local area is on a relaxing boat tour.

Nick Groom, 61, from Wells-next-the-Sea, has been running Wells Harbour Tours for four years. After he retired, he was able to provide the service that the Harbour Master had wanted in the town for some time.

“We offer boat trips around Wells harbour and the salt marsh aboard the Wells Ferry. A boat trip adds a different dimension to sightseeing around the area and offers the opportunity to experience places not normally accessible.”

Nick Groom

Pictured above: Nick Groom

Wells Harbour Tours

Nick is the perfect guide for Wells Harbour Tours as he has an extensive knowledge of the local area. He works hard to ensure his customers have an enjoyable experience by tailoring each boat trip to suit those on board.

“We try to give our customers an experience that they will look back on long after they have returned home. We provide plenty of information on local topics with tales from the past, things we see as we go along, local characters and history. There’s something for everyone; from excitement, as we punch through the swell along the beach to peace during the drift through the marsh.”

A whole host of wildlife can be seen on the Wells harbour sightseeing tours. Many of Nick’s customers have even been lucky enough to glimpse some of the most elusive species.

“We regularly have seals in the harbour. There’s also an abundance of birdlife including egrets, tern, curlew and oystercatcher. There have also been sightings of spoonbill and even kingfishers.”


Pictured above: Local birdlife on the harbour tour

Sightseeing Boat Tours to the Beach or Marshes

Wells Harbour Tours offers two different types of sightseeing trips, covering the beach area and the marshes. Both tours provide an excellent way to experience the beautiful flora and fauna of the local area.

“For the beach tour, we head down to the outer harbour then along the beach and out towards the sea. There’s boating traffic and birdlife to see and a different view of the beach. We return along the marsh side of the harbour past the east hills, with a view of the quayside from the water.

“During the marsh tour, we start off along the quay and turn off into the marsh. We wind our way through the creeks experiencing all the salt marsh has to offer. Depending on the time of year, the sea lavender may be blooming, the smell of the wormwood could be in the air, or the samphire ground might be evident. We then return to the harbour through the east end to see the working end of the port.”

Sea lavender

Pictured above: Sea lavender on the marsh tour

A Happy Customer’s Perspective

Ben Milner, 47, from Gorleston-on-Sea, visits North Norfolk with his wife regularly to soak up the beautiful scenery. Ben loves to spend time exploring everything the North Norfolk coastline has to offer.

On Ben’s most recent trip to the area with his wife, he came across an advert for Wells Harbour Tours while on a day out.

“We both enjoy boat trips, and I thought it would be good to find out a bit more about Wells. We were given descriptions of where we were, how the creeks all connected and information on the history of Wells.

“The boatman was great – very knowledgeable, funny and happy to answer questions. The trip was organised very well; the boat left on time and arrived back on time.

“We would like to go again. We went on the marsh trip, but I would like to go on the beach trip as well. I would recommend Wells Harbour Tours to others, and I have done so already.”

Wells harbour

Pictured above: View of Wells harbour

Prices and Further Information

The sightseeing tours depart daily on the tide from the main pontoon outside Wells Harbour Office, and they last approximately 60 minutes. Specific departure times are on the notice boards on the quayside. Tours operate from April through to October.

Customers can turn up and will usually get a seat. However, booking is recommended to guarantee a place, especially for larger groups.

There are two sightseeing routes to choose from, to discover either the beach or marshes. The tours are a fantastic opportunity to view the local area from a different perspective and to catch a glimpse of the birds and other wildlife.

Wells Harbour Tours also offer a mini cruise, which lasts 30 minutes and includes a tour of the main harbour with a short view of the marsh. There’s also a 30-minute sunset cruise and trips that land on the east hills for a walk along the foreshore.

The 2016 adult fare is £7.50 per person and for under 14s it costs £5. Family tickets and private charters are also available.

For bookings and enquiries visit the Wells Harbour Tours website.


Wells Harbour Tours is a 20-minute car ride from The Blakeney Cottage Company HQ. There’s also a regular Coast Hopper bus service that runs between Blakeney and Wells.

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