Dunwich Heath and Beach

Dunwich Heath and Beach Dunwich Heath and Beach

Last Updated on February 19, 2024 by Suzy

Things to do at Dunwich Heath and Beach Review

Dunwich Heath and Beach is located on the Suffolk coast between Southwold and Aldeburgh in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There is very little public transport in this part of Suffolk so the best way to reach it is by car. There is a large car park but it can still get very busy in the summer so it is best to arrive early. As it is a National Trust property, parking is free, for NT members and £6 per car per day for non-members.

The coastguard cottages tearoom serves hot and cold drinks and light snacks and there are also toilets and a visitor centre. Next to the tearoom is a wooden play area for kids and huge deck chairs.

The shingle beach is a short walk from the visitor centre and if you venture a few minutes in either direction, you will have the beach to yourself. If you want to take a break from the beach, there are lots of walking trails through the beautiful heath including a smuggler’s trail for the kids.

Being located right next door to RSPB Minsmere, there is a huge amount of wildlife in the area and on certain days (mostly weekends and school holidays) they run ranger walks and mini-ranger walks as well as a whole host of other family-friendly activities. It’s a lovely place to visit if you’re looking for family days out in Suffolk

FAQ and Further Information Dunwich Heath and Beach

Is there food and drink available?

There is a tea room serving drinks and snacks.

What are the main things to do?

The shingle beach is a short walk from the visitor centre and if you venture a few minutes in either direction, you will have the beach to yourself. If you want.

Is there parking?

There is parking nearby and charges apply.

Dog friendly?

Dogs must be kept on a leash in the heathland and they are welcome on the beach.


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