Dunwich Heath and beach

Overview

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General Information

A precious landscape on the Suffolk coast

Tucked away on the Suffolk coast, Dunwich Heath offers you peace and quiet and a true sense of being at one with nature.

A rare and precious habitat, the Heath is home to special species such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark, ant-lion, adders and much more.

Quiet and serene, wild and dramatic, this is an inspiring visit, whatever the time of year. From July to September, the Heath is alive with colour; a patchwork of pink and purple heather and coconut-scented yellow gorse is an unmissable experience.

At Dunwich Heath you can find a wide range of family activites for all ages. Try special nature trails, beach scavenger hunts and coming soon, a new Smugglers trail.

Please note: parking restrictions may operate at times of extreme fire risk

Dunwich Heath is a great place to spend a day

  • Enjoy a mile of beach
  • Discover Dunwich on the discovery trail
  • Follow the smugglers trail
  • Borrow a GPS and go geocaching
  • Get involved in 50 Things to do before you are 11 ¾
  • Spend time in Heath Barn – borrow a book, watch the photo display, discover the cabinet of curiosities
  • Download the free App and help us ‘wildlife check’
  • Join us on the many events we run throughout the year

Prices

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Prices

Free to visit (parking charges apply)

Special Offers

More Info

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More Information

Full opening times:

  • Heath Dawn to dusk
  • Shop 10:30 - 15:00
  • Tea-room 10:30 - 15:00 (Tea-room may stay open later in summer)

General

  • Welcoming tearoom, serving home made cakes and scones, breakfast, lunches and snacks using local produce. A children's menu and ice creams available. Indoor and outdoor seating options
  • Enjoy amazing views from our lookout
  • Coastal themed gift shop selling a range of local products and Dunwich Heath exclusive gifts
  • Plenty of parking, parking charge for non members (pay & display) - cars £4.80, motor homes £12.50, motorcycles £3.50
  • Coach parking - please book in advance, £35 per day
  • Dogs - welcome throughout the site and allowed in our tearoom
  • Great outdoors guide available for £1.50 - this gives details on the walks and what to see here at Dunwich Heath

Family

  • Lots of activities for families, see our information hut for more and pick up a free tracker pack
  • Ranger team are always available to help, give advice and answer questions
  • Heath barn has childrens information, what's on information and comfy seating
  • Childrens play area
  • Picnic area available by heath barn
  • Easily accessible site for pushchairs

Accessibility

  • Mobility parking - two reserved spaces, 60 yards from tea-room
  • Car park viewing point
  • Shop and tearoom - level entrance and accessible
  • Adapted toilet - RADAR toilet immediately outside Coastguard tearoom
  • Grounds - accessible routes but with slopes, undulating terrain and uneven paths with some soft sand. Map of accessible route available
  • One single-seater PMV. Chaffeured multi-seater vehicle. Please book in advance

Don't miss

  • Dartford warblers whizzing over the heath
  • Nightjars after dusk churring and flying above the heather
  • Amanda's homemade cakes at the tea room
  • The beautiful walks through heather, woodland and wetland
  • categories

    Categories

    • Attractions
    • National Trust & Forestry
    • FREE for Babies & Toddlers
    • FREE for Pre-Schoolers
    • Outdoor Activities
    • Beaches & Piers
    • Walks & Picnics
Ages

Ages

Babies (0-1), Toddlers (1-3), Pre-Schoolers (3-5), Juniors (5-13)

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