Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit and discover a landscape and history that will both delight and intrigue. Wander along Orford Beach and look at the old Atomic Weapons Research Establishment testing ground. Go further out and see the Orford Ness Lighthouse on the edge of the North Sea.
See National Trust website
What makes it special
- Wild and remote
- Take a short boat trip across the Ness to the Wildlife Reserve
- Fascinating 20th-century military history
Closed until Easter 2019
Other things to do nearby
A magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past which makes a fascinating family day out in Suffolk. See the English Heritage website for more details
Well worth a trip to walk round the ancient burial mounds, visit the exhibition centre, and discover the incredible story of the ship burial of an Anglo Saxon King and his treasured possessions. Vi
Nature trails take you through a variety of habitats to excellent birdwatching hides. Visit the RSPB website
Snape Maltings is home to a concert hall, fabulous shops and a thriving art scene with a number of galleries.
Discover the secrets of one of England's most unusual keeps within the chambers of this fascinating polygonal tower. Visit the English Heritage website for Orford Castle.
A UFO trail to awake your imagination and take you to some of the areas connected to the UFO sighting in December 1980. Visit the Forestry Commision or the Visit East Anglia websites
Blaxhall offers easy walking routes for everyone and provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy bird watching.
The area offers very leisurely cycling as the countryside is mainly flat - making it great for families. Children will find the routes easy and great fun.
YHA Blaxhall is only eight miles from the sea. Nearby Blyth estuary offers a range of water sport options, or if you fancy hiring a boat the Norfolk Broads are just a short distance away.