Dunwich is a civil parish set along the historic Suffolk Coast and has become known by many as the lost city of England. Once a vast and thriving medieval port city, Dunwich was the former capital of the ancient Saxon kingdom of East Anglia, with over 3000 residents living here in 1086. Dunwich saw the great Viking invasion of England, wars with its neighbours and eons of history before much of the city was destroyed by violent storms which submerged its ancient cobbled streets. Today, you can now explore the village's expanse of protected woodlands and forest, walk along its world-class beach and learn more about its fascinating past at the areas local museum. With so much to see and do in England's real-life lost Atlantis, here is the perfect guide to exploring the lost city of Dunwich!
Explore the minsmere nature reserve
One of the Suffolk coasts' many protected natural spaces, here you can explore stunning wetlands, stroll along the beach and discover the wildlife of untamed Britain. Sample some delicious home-cooked, locally sourced food in the reserves wild zone cafe or spend time learning about conservation in the visitor centre. Here you can enjoy hikes through beautiful woodland, wetland and coastal scenery while watching out for unique wildlife such as rare birds, sea otters or red deer herds, or take part in one of the regular guided walks to the parks more remote zones.
Discover the untamed beauty of Dunwich beach
Dunwich beach was once a thriving seaport where countless homes, stores and eight churches lined the shore's edge. That was until the power of the North Sea eroded the cliffs away and threw the buildings into the sea. Today, the wide shingle beach is a popular sunbathing and kayaking spot in the summer months and an excellent fishing spot in the winter. Many people say that you can hear the bells of the city's lost churches ringing from below the waves if you visit the beach during storms.
Dunwich Beach, Dunwich, Saxmundham, UK
Discover Dunwich's unique past
Learn of the rise and fall of this once mighty capital at the Dunwich Museum, which covers the town's history from the beginning of the first millennium all the way up to the present day. Explore the many exhibits that cover the Roman, Saxon, Medieval, Elizabethan, Jacobean Georgian and Victorian periods in Dunwich and give you the chance to admire some fantastic artefacts from each period. Finally, enjoy a detailed model of Dunwich at the height of its powers in the 13th Century and learn about its inevitable fall to the relentless power of mother nature and the North Sea.
Dunwich Museum, Dunwich, Saxmundham, UK
Enjoy delicious local cuisine
Enjoy some of the freshest fish and chips in England at the Ship pub, which provides stunning views of the sea and marshlands. The Ship is one of the best places to relax by the fire as you sip a locally brewed ale and is an excellent lunch stop for any Dunwich trip. Visitors can also stop for traditional English tea at the Dingle Hill tea rooms and enjoy fresh-baked scones with jam and clotted cream.
The Ship at Dunwich
The Ship at Dunwich, Saint James's Street, Du...
Dingle Hill Tearooms
Dingle Hill Tearooms, Dingle Hill, Dunwich, S...
Visit the nearby Southwold Pier
Located just 20 minutes’ drive from Dunwich, the Southwold Pier is one of the hidden gems of the Suffolk Coast. Initially opened in 1900, this pier is 623 feet long and has become one of the area's most popular attractions. Walking the pier's length will allow you to enjoy cafés, restaurants, shops, an amusement arcade and a concert hall. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of sailing ships and the Southwold beach from the end of this fantastic Suffolk attraction.