Planning your day out at Dunwich Heath

Winter walks at Dunwich Heath

We look forward to welcoming you to Dunwich Heath! Please take a look at the information on this page to help you plan and make the most of your visit.

Before you visit

Explore our website to find everything you need before you visit, then download and print any maps or trails you would like to use during your visit.

A self-driven mobility vehicle is available when the Visitor Welcome hut is open. Advance booking is essential so contact 01728 648501, leaving your name, number, date and time of the booking request.

We can also offer a chauferred vehicle service, accomodating either one wheelchair user and three other passengers, or five passengers. Pre-booking is essential due to driver availability, please call 01728 648501 and leave your name, number, date and time of your booking request.

Our car park is open daily and locked outside of our opening times which can be found here.

If you arrive before we open, please do not block the access road as staff and deliveries will need to get past. Please observe speed restrictions as you drive down the access road and park considerately.

When you arrive

Car Parking

Please go to the visitor information centre after arriving to arrange your parking for the day.

Members please scan your membership card and place the free ticket in a visible location in your car.

Non-members please arrive with change as the car park machine does not give change or accept notes. The parking charge is a day ticket at £6.00, which includes a donation to help with our conservation efforts on site. Please place your ticket in a visible location in your car.

To pay by card you will need to download the PaybyPhone app, visit the PaybyPhone website, or make a phone call. All details can be found on the parking machine, however to save time we recommend downloading the app and registering before you arrive. You can find out how it works here. The codes you will need are 804560 for cars, 804561 for motorbikes, and 804562 for campervans. You won’t receive a paper ticket, but you wil get an email confirmation and the onsite team will be able to see you have paid.

Please make a note of the closing time. If you get locked in you will need to call the out of hours number and wait to be let out.

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! Why not download and print one of the trails below? Don’t forget to bring a pencil too! The answers can be found in the Visitor Welcome hut.

Download our Smugglers Trail here

Download our History Discovery Trail here

Download our Dunwich Bingo 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 and drink

If you're in need of a drink, snack or light meal our food & beverage team are happy to help! Take a look at our opening times to see when we're open.


Toilets are available during site opening hours.

There is hand sanitizer at the visitor information centre, kiosk and the tearoom. Please use the bins provided for any hand wipes and help keep Dunwich Heath a beautiful and safe place for nature.

Good to know

When the Visitor Information Centre is open, the team will be able to answer any questions you may have, but the key points to note are:

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.

Please observe all signage for your health and safety and to protect Dunwich Heath. For more details please visit the National Trust 'Staying safe at our places' page here

Campervans and motor homes please do not take up too many spaces, and do not park in parallel to the cliff.

No BBQs or fires.

Thank you for your support!

Join us

If you’re not already a National Trust member, why not join us and enjoy the benefits of membership? You’ll be able to explore over 500 special places like Dunwich Heath for free and help support the conservation of the landscapes we care for. Click here to find out more about membership.