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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

#5 of 36 things to do in Woodbridge Features Animals
Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
+44 1394 450900
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Great day

Great day at the nature reserve. We arrived early to get tickets for the boat journey across. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lorraine H
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Great day out

One of the stranger places to visit but so interesting and worthwhile. There is the windswept... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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The biggest shingle spit in Europe was a top-secret military site from 1913 to the 1980s.
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Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
+44 1394 450900
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day at the nature reserve. We arrived early to get tickets for the boat journey across. The boat only takes 11 people at one time. Interesting history of the radar and weapons testing here and good long walks across the beach to the lighthouse.

Thank Lorraine H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the stranger places to visit but so interesting and worthwhile. There is the windswept landscape dotted with strange (military) buildings and a lighthouse; there are birds; finally there is the extremely interesting military history detailed at various points, including a museum. We loved...More

Thank LaOenophile
Reviewed 13 June 2017

This is a deeply peculiar place. It is open strange hours, there's an odd ferry system to get you there, and many of the things you will see are odd. (Alao, the explanations of them are almost incomprehensible.) But it's really good, and you won't...More

1  Thank straightouttacamden
Reviewed 2 June 2017

On Tuesday 30th May 2017 a group of 33 Volunteers from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome visited Orford Ness - the main reason was that 37 Squadron Royal Flying Corps came into existence at Orford Ness in 1916 - and we wanted to learn more...More

Thank wilf15558
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Quiet, beautiful, good for walking or sitting with an ice Cream! Whenever we visit this place there are all ages. It has a nice cafe on the waters edge and there is usually an ice cream van in the parking area. It's a great place...More

Thank Nikki H
Reviewed 20 April 2017

You feel like your at the end of the world. Most people nowadays are not used to being somewhere so deserted. There is however enough to look at to hold your interest although you will need to be prepared for a good walk between each...More

Thank knackered_rambler
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Open between April and October on certain days, and only reached by a small ferry operating at 20 minute intervals, please check for details to plan your visit to avoid disappointment. Be aware the ferry can get very busy so plan to arrive in good...More

1  Thank Ian M
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went years ago with another couple. It was a mystery until we arrived at Orford and waited for the lovely little ferry to take us across to the island, I was wearing goldy loafers as we did then and my friend had red suede loafers,...More

3  Thank _lin26w
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We took a boat trip from Orford Quay to sail out and round the island in the River Ore Estuary, between Orford and Orford Ness, which is an RSPB reserve. There was a running commentary about the various landmarks we could see in the distance,...More

Thank IsaCB
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Standard National Trust fare this ain't. Orford Ness is a relatively small spit of land, cut off from the mainland by a narrow strip of water. And for nearly a century it was used by the military to test a variety of projectiles - from...More

2  Thank Fiona L
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