Planning your day out at Dunwich Heath

A couple with a small child walking over the heathland in summer

We’ve adjusted how we open Dunwich Heath and changed access to some facilities, so please take a look at the information on this page to help you make the most of your visit. We look forward to welcoming you!

Before you visit

  • Explore our website! Please take a minute to look at some of our web pages so that you find everything you need before you visit.
  • Download and print any maps or trails you would like to use during your visit - please note we are unable to hand out any paper copies on site so please come prepared!
  • Don’t forget to book your car park space! You will need to book at least one day in advance. Find out about current parking arrangements here

When you arrive

The team will be at the front gate to meet you! They will be available to provide any help and advice you need on how best to spend your day exploring Dunwich Heath.

Need a map?

We’ve created a map with some great walks for you to explore. They’re all colour-coded, so if you want to follow a suggested route, look out for waymarked posts with the relevant coloured arrows. These routes can be followed clockwise or anti-clockwise. Download and print our walking map here

We also have an accessible walks map which you can download here

Visiting with the family?

Dunwich Heath is a great place to enjoy some outdoor family fun if you’re visiting with little ones! Why not follow one of our children’s trails? Although we’re currently unable to provide you with a paper copy of our trails, you can download and print your own to bring along with you. Don’t forget a pencil too! The answers can be found near to the tea room entrance.
Download our Smugglers Trail here

Download our Dunwich Discovery Trail here 

Download our Tree Trek here

Have a go at creating a shelter or a fortress in our den building area! It’s a great place to get some shelter from the elements, and there are picnic tables nearby for when you’ve built up an appetite!

Dunwich Heath is a wonderful place to look for insects and minibeasts. Head to our bug hunting area and see what creepy crawlies you can discover! Try taking a photo and learning about them when you get home. Please make sure all our little friends are placed back safely where you found them when you have finished!

Food, drink and ice cream

Our tea room serves hot and cold drinks, ice creams, sausage rolls, pasties and a selection of cakes, crisps and chocolate bars. Freshly prepared sandwiches are available from 11.30am.
We have two picnic areas for you to use – one by Heath Barn and one overlooking the sea. The picnic tables have been rearranged giving everyone plenty of space. The tea room also has a small selection of souvenirs available for you to take home as a reminder of your day.

You can find more information about our tea room here

Hygiene

The toilets are open with a self-managed one in one out system, there is hand sanitizer on the kiosk and outside the tea room too. Please use the bins provided for any hand wipes and help keep Dunwich Heath a beautiful and safe place for nature.

Good to know

  • You’ll find baby changing facilities in the ladies and men's toilets but not in the disabled toilet.
  • If you have any specific access needs, there is further information on the ‘Facilities and Access’ tab on our homepage here 
  • Most paths are buggy friendly, our team will be happy to advise you.

Join us

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.

Don't forget to book your car parking space! Book now