Orford Ness

Orford Ness


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



Adult £4.00
Child £2.00
Family £10.00


Adult £10.00
Child £5.00
Family £25.00

Hostels nearby

Orford Ness

Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2NY

Map references

OS Map: 169, and Explorer 212

OS Grid Ref: TM424496

Lat/Lng: 52.091751, 1.53832

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

Other things to do nearby

Orford Castle

Orford Castle

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.

Rendlesham Forest

Rendlesham Forest

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

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings is home to a concert hall, fabulous shops and a thriving art scene with a number of galleries.


Cycling in Blaxhall

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.


Watersports in Blaxhall

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.

Sutton Hoo, ancient Anglo-Saxon helmet and mask

Sutton Hoo

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Minsmere Reserve

Minsmere reserve

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Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle

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