Dunwich Heath Beach

A remote sand and shingle beach backed by the dunes, heathland and lagoons of the National Trust owned Dunwich Heath. The area is also home to RSPB Minsmere and is home to a range of interesting wildlife such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar, woodlark, red deer, adders and ant-lion.

Dunwich Heath is more than just a nature reserve though; it is a good family beach. Towards mid tide there is a good deal of sand revealed which is ideal for digging or running around on. As well as all the opportunities for exploring the heath provides there are facilities provided at the National Trust tearooms.

It is also a dog friendly beach with dogs welcome all year.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs are welcome on the beach and heath all year. Please note that on the heath dogs must be kept on leads at certain times of year.

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town


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TM 4780 6773

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Dunwich Heath Beach Reviews

Shingle beach, expensive to park

Justin h
Mar 30th 2021

Nice beach but go northwards to Southwold and you’ll then get miles and miles of golden sand. This one is more for wannabe walkers from the city who are happy to pay £6 to see nature and have a good coffee and cake after.

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