Dunwich Holiday Guide

Suffolk Holiday Guide to Dunwich, Photo courtesy of Charles Cuthbert

Dunwich is a pretty seaside village with a wealth of history. A haven for wildlife and close to RSPB Minsmere, a Dunwich holiday cottage is the perfect base from which to explore the extensive heathlands, forest and tranquil beaches of the area: a real paradise for walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers.

This quiet coastal village is a rare ‘find’ offering a peaceful refuge, yet with a wealth of things to do and places to eat. There’s a wonderful plant nursery called Bridge Nursery and Tea Rooms, a Museum, Friary ruins, an excellent pub, The Ship Inn, a well-known beach café called Flora Tea Rooms attracting visitors from far and wide for its fish ‘n’chips, and local tea-rooms.

But, of course, the main draw is Dunwich Heath, a dramatic and beautiful coastal habitat, the heathlands adorned with the purple of the heather in late summer and criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways. If you are lucky, you may see a Dartford Warbler or the odd seal basking on the beach. The National Trust also organises many children’s events, from nature trails to beach scavenger hunts, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their website when planning your holiday.

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Attractions and things to do

  • Aldeburgh Sailing Club

    Aldeburgh Sailing Club

    The Aldeburgh Sailing Club provides tuition for adults and children alike during the summer months, and there is active racing at weekends from April to December, with the highlight being the spectacular sight of 350 boats on the River Alde each August during the popular Regatta Week.


    Aldeburgh Sailing Club Slaughden Road Suffolk IP15 5NA Tel: 01728 452562 Website

Local pubs and restaurants

  • Dunwich Tea Rooms, Suffolk

    Dunwich Heath Tea-Rooms

    The delightful cafe on the cliff-top is run by the National Trust and is the perfect place to break your walk for a bite to eat. The freshly cooked food is always tasty and there’s a wide range of cakes and snacks on offer. In warmer weather, its hard to equal the experience of sitting on one of the benches outside, overlooking the sea, with a cup of tea and bacon sandwich!

    Dunwich Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 3DJ Tel: 01728 648501 Website
  • The Ship Inn, Dunwich

    The Ship Inn

    Said to have been the haunt of smugglers, the ambience of the Ship Inn does not disappoint with its flagstone floors, cosy wood-burner, well-stocked bar and delicious home-cooked food. Winner of a coveted AA rosette, this is pub food at its best. Just off the beach, the Ship could not be better located to ‘recharge’ after an invigorating walk!

    Dunwich Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 3DT Tel: 01728 648219 Website

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