Dunwich Heath and Beach

Important notice -

We have a high fire risk due to the continued dry weather. Please remember no open fires are allowed anywhere on the heath or beach at any time including BBQs, camping stoves, grills & cigarette ends. Please help us to keep this special place safe.

A precious landscape on the Suffolk coast

Dunwich Heath and Beach

Things to see and do

Enjoy activities for all the family

Discover walks through beautiful heathland and stunning coastal scenery

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What's on

Upcoming events

Summer Holiday Family Activities!

Wed 15 Aug 2018
The summer holidays are here and our giant deck chairs are out! We have plenty of free fun activities to help the whole family enjoy the great outdoors and explore nature at Dunwich Heath this summer.

*SOLD OUT* Bat Walk

Sat 18 Aug 2018
Sorry, this event has now sold out. A special evening walk to discover one of Dunwich Heath's less well-known mammals!

Bird Ringing Demonstrations

Tue 21 Aug 2018
A special opportunity to see some of the birds which make their homes at Dunwich Heath. Find out about bird ringing and how it provides a fascinating insight into the lives of the nation's birds. NB this event is weather dependent and times may vary.

Bird Identification Walks

Tue 04 Sep 2018
Whether you're new to birdwatching or hoping to brush up your skills, our half-day walks led by Suffolk bird expert, Steve Piotrowski, are a fantastic opportunity to learn how to identify a wide range of birds in varied habitats around Dunwich Heath.

Great British Beach Clean!

Sat 15 Sep 2018
Turn the tide on litter! Join us on Dunwich Heath beach to support the Marine Conservation Society's 25th Great British Beach Clean! Equipment provided but please bring your own gloves.


Sat 20 Oct 2018
We're having a 'pie-tastic' weekend! Join us for two fun-filled days of delicious pies and children's activities!
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Silver studded blue

Celebrating National Insect Week in the East 

To mark National Insect Week this June, we’re taking flight for a look at just some of the amazing moths, butterflies and dragonflies that can be found fluttering at the places we care for in the East of England.

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Old photograph of campers at Dunwich Heath, Suffolk

Celebrating 50 years of caring for Dunwich Heath! 

We’re celebrating a special anniversary at Dunwich Heath this year - it’s 50 years since this beautiful site came into the care of the National Trust.

Old photograph of visitor at Dunwich Heath, Suffolk

Memories of Dunwich Heath 

Can you help us reveal the heritage of Dunwich Heath? As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations this year, we’re launching a history project to explore Dunwich Heath’s rich and varied heritage.

Dunwich Heath and Beach

Places to stay

Coastguard Cottages, Dunwich Heath, Suffolk

Discover beautiful places to stay at Dunwich Heath 

Tucked away on the Suffolk coast, Dunwich Heath offers a peaceful haven to relax whatever the time of year. With tranquil walks across stunning heather heathland, wildlife to discover and an unspoilt beach to explore, Dunwich Heath is perfect for a short break or family get-away.