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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

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Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
+44 1394 450900
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Quiet, beautiful, good for walking or sitting with an ice Cream! Whenever we visit this place there... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Nikki H
Ingatestone, United Kingdom
The end of the world

You feel like your at the end of the world. Most people nowadays are not used to being somewhere so... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Nottingham, 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 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

4  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
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Beautiful scenery and Orford is a lovely area to visit. We enjoyed a very good fish lunch at the Jolly Sailor pub.

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Fascinating guided tour ! Excellent knowledgeable staff . Well wort a day out ... even just for the walk !

Thank Duncan B
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

The Ness is a great place: loads of history, atmosphere, views and wildlife. Visitor numbers are restricted and you can only book the ferry on the day, so it is worth having a contingency plan (eg the castle) in case you can't get a seat....More

Thank EssexTraveloads
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Travelling across on the little NT ferry we expected a day of bird watching on a shingle spit amongst some old army and Air Force buildings. Instead we discovered a landscape that had been totally turned over to military use in the 20th century, that...More

2  Thank dmaccallum63
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