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A range of Dunwich holiday cottages are offered by the companies featured below. Their collections include barn conversions, semi-detached properties and period cottages. Check the sites for news of reductions and deals such as late and early bookings.
- More than 20 Dunwich holiday cottages
, including barn conversions, 17th century properties and town houses. Bookings start at £150 for low-season, week-long break and user reviews are included for a small selection of their holiday cottages.
National Trust Cottages
- 4 Dunwich self catering cottages
, all of which are situated near Dunwich Heath. They collection, which includes apartments and semi-detached properties, can accommodate between 2 and 4 people with lettings beginning on Fridays and Saturdays.
Cottages 4 You
- A small collection of Dunwich cottages and over 170 self catering properties on the Suffolk Coast. All are individually inspected and vary in size and style. A virtual tour facility is provided for some of their holiday cottages as well as two-person discounts in certain cases.
- A few cottages in Dunwich from Cottages Direct which are available from £315 during low-season. High-season bookings are over £500. Pets are allowed in most cases and some properties able to accommodate up to 10 people
The small village of Dunwich can be found on the Suffolk
coast. It is set within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty which encompasses other coastal towns such as Aldeburgh
and Southwold. Once a thriving seaport, the town now provides a peaceful seaside retreat for those seeking a short break holiday.
During Medieval times, Dunwich was one of the largest ports in East England, before erosion and storms claimed large sections of the village. Now a few cottages and a museum are all that remain. It was once East Anglia's capital with over 400 hundred houses, eight churches and an elaborate ship building industry.
Incursions by the sea mean that much of this fascinating heritage
has been lost beneath the waves. However, Dunwich Museum provides some insight into the town's history through archaeological artifacts and national archive information. It's open from April to October and is a useful resource for those seeking info about Dunwich's eventful past.
Despite the sad demise of Dunwich, the region provides a variety of coastal paths which afford some fine vistas of the sea and run along the cliffs towards Walberswick. Much of this region is protected by the National Trust; Dunwich Common
and the Minsmere Nature Reserve are some of the best examples. For more information about Dunwich visitor attractions, see the guide that follows below.
Dunwich visitor attractions
This section provides more information about the notable visitor attractions and places of interest in and around the town of Dunwich. Admission prices, entry times and links are included where appropriate.
There are a number of coastal footpaths in the vicinity of Dunwich that run along the coast and through the surrounding countryside. They take in local points of interest such as Dingle Marshes
, the 13th century Greyfriars Friary and the Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre
. Dingle Marshes is home to a variety of birdlife including Avocet, Lapwing and Redshank wading birds and the Dunwich Heath Coastal Centre includes a gift shop as well as a tea-room, for visitors looking to take a break.
Food and drink
The Ship Inn
is a popular pub and serves traditional, home-made food
such as steak and ale pie and is renowned for its fish and chips. Dinner is served in a conservatory area and covered courtyard during summer months. Visitors will also have a choice of local cask-ales and beers.
The Westleton Crown
, which is about 3 miles from Dunwich is also noteworthy and has been awarded two AA rosettes for its eclectic, original menu. This 12th century coaching inn blends classical with modern and serves a collection of locally-brewed ales - the wine list is also extensive. Alternatively try Satis House Restaurant
in Yoxford, which is around 8 miles away. This eatery is also an AA Rosette winner
and prides itself in serving contemporary British cuisine sourced from local suppliers only.
History and Culture
Dunwich Museum exhibits coins, medals and archeological artifacts. It is open daily from April to October, 11.30am to 4.30pm and a pre-booking service is available to large groups. Other historical sites of interest include the Long Shop Museum
. It's about 5 miles from Dunwich and houses a selection of commercial vehicles from the last 100 years including old buses, steam engines, cleaning machines and munitions. Admission is £2 for children, £4.50 for adults with under-5's allowed in for free. Discounts are available for families, although bookings should be made in advance. See the website for more details.
Supermarkets and shops
Visitors looking to stock up on groceries or other essentials are advised to visit nearby Westleton. It's about 3 miles from Dunwich and includes a village store and post office. There's also a Lloyds Pharmacy in Leiston which is approximately 7 miles away.