Planning your day out at Dunwich Heath

Family walking in woodland

If you're planning to visit Dunwich Heath, here are a few pointers to help you get the most from your day!

Planning a family day at Dunwich Heath

Join us for fun and adventures throughout the year. Your family can take part in ranger led activities most weekends and every Wednesday during school holidays.  There are also plenty of self led activities to help make your day exciting. Have you tried geocaching – the technical treasure hunt which will help you explore Dunwich Heath?  We also have trails, tracker packs, scavenger hunts and even mini beach cleans.

Make your first stop the Visitor Information Centre

Our friendly team will be happy to tell you what activities you can enjoy when you visit.  You’ll be able to pick up what you need for an adventure and also find out essential information like where to get a cup of tea and where the toilets are!


We have a number of suggested walking routes for you to follow so pick up a map or download it from the website and head off.  The team in the Visitor Information Centre will be able to provide any help you need.

Food, drink and ice cream

You have a choice when it comes to eating light meals with your family at Dunwich Heath. Grab and go with a freshly made sandwich, sausage roll or children’s lunch box and drinks from the Coastguard Cottages tearoom, or enjoy a jacket potato whilst enjoying the view from the lookout, ice creams are available all year with delicious scoop ice cream available from the kiosk. 
We also have two picnic areas for your family to use – one by Heath Barn and one overlooking the sea.

Good to know

•    You’ll find baby changing facilities in the male and female toilets but not in the disabled toilet.
•    Bottles and baby food can be warmed up, please ask tea room staff.
•    High chairs are available.
•    Most paths are buggy friendly, our team will be happy to advise you.

Here’s how you could make the most of your day at Dunwich

On arrival come and chat to the friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre who will be able to tell you what is on today, point out what not to miss, provide you with a tracker pack so your children can be nature detectives and tell you where to head for the ranger led 50 Things activities.  Take a short walk through the heath.
11am head down to the pond and spend an hour (or however long you like) pond dipping – discover newts, water scorpions and even water stick insects.
12pm wonder back up to the Coastguard cottages and enjoy a lovely light lunch and refreshing drinks.  You could sit outside on the picnic tables or enjoy the spectacular views from the look out
1.30pm head along to Heath Barn to look at the cabinet of curiosities, watch the videos of the wildlife found here at Dunwich Heath (look out for the cute badgers) and brows the second hand books for something to read when you get home.
2pm follow the Dunwich Discovery trail.  Pick up a trail sheet from Heath Barn and head out to learn about Dunwich. When finished return to the Visitor Information Centre to check your answers and claim a prize.
3pm is ice cream time and scones and tea time for grownups, your children can enjoy the play area.
4pm head to the beach for a quick paddle
4.30pm visit our gift shop and pick up a souvenir of your day knowing that your support helps keep Dunwich Heath a special place for ever, for everyone.

If you’re not already a National Trust member, why not enjoy the benefits of family membership? You’ll be able to explore over 500 special places like Dunwich Heath for free and if you join as part of your visit to the Heath, you will help support the conservation of this precious landscape on the Suffolk coast.

Did you know...

members can help us care for Dunwich Heath

...every time you scan your membership card! Don't forget to scan your card at the Visitor Information Hut to support our work. Thank you!