The Ship

Saxmundham, Suffolk

For walkers, birders and lovers of an old-fashioned bar, hearty food and simple, uncluttered bedrooms, some with salt marsh views...


16 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Once a great port, Dunwich is now a tiny (but famous) village, gradually sinking into the sea. Its well-loved smugglers’ inn, almost on the beach, overlooks the salt marsh and sea and pulls in wind-blown walkers and birdwatchers from the Minsmere Reserve. In the old-fashioned bar – nautical bric-a-brac, flagged floors, simple furnishings and a stove that belts out the heat – you can tuck into legendary fish and chips washed down with a pint of Adnams. There’s also a more modern dining room where hearty food combines with traditional dishes: try slow-braised Blythburgh pork belly served with Lyonnaise potatoes, apple puree, red cabbage and local greens, or tuck into their terrific Scotch eggs: with black pudding and homemade piccalilli, or hot smoked salmon and horseradish. Up the fine Victorian staircase are spruced up bedrooms – simple, uncluttered – with period features, cord carpets, brass beds, old pine, little shower rooms. Rooms at the front have glorious salt marsh views, two new rooms overlook the garden, courtyard rooms are cosy with pine, and one of the family rooms under the eaves is fabulous: single beds, a big futon-style bean bag, and a flat-screen for the kids.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: from £270, including a £30 voucher on each day to spend on food and drink. *Available Sunday to Thursday until 20th July 2018.

Booking information

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Special midweek rates off season.

Dog biscuits, water bowls and maps with local walks.

Dogs £7.50.

Huge garden. Great walks on heaths, in forests and on the all-year-round dog-friendly Dunwich beach.

Lunch from £6.95. Bar meals from £9.75. Dinner from £12.95. Sunday lunch from £12.50.


Nightly price
from £120
1 Twin
From £120
3 Family rooms for 4
From £140
12 Doubles
From £120


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Anita Rakauskaite

  • Dunwich Heath- designated a site of special scientific interest and an important conservation area Dunwich Heath is teeming with wildlife, unspoiled, and exceptionally beautiful. You can enjoy wonderful moorland and forest walks with coastal views.
  • Southwold- The quintessentially English seaside town of Southwold, with its historic pier, is a must to visit. It has beaches, rivers, a busy harbour, excellent shopping in interesting and individual shops and a charm that draws its visitors to return year
  • RSPB Minsmere- Minsmere is rated as one of the top bird sanctuaries in Europe and is the RSPB’s flagship European nature reserve. Minsmere supports an enormous range of bird species, it is particularly famous for its: avocets, bitterns and marsh harriers.
  • 300 year old fig tree in our enormous beer garden.
  • A fabulous circular inn to inn walk between The Ship at Dunwich and our sister hotel The Westleton Crown. Maps available to pick up from the bar.
  • Dunwich beach- beautiful all year round dog friendly Dunwich beach is only few steps away from The Ship.