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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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Wild and windy

On a wild and windy day we visited this desolately beautiful spot. A short boat ride takes you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Leeds, United Kingdom
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great place to visit

Well Done the red walk here recently and it was really worth it not too hot ,which was good ..great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brookland, 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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“boat trip” (10 reviews)
Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
+44 1394 450900
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a wild and windy day we visited this desolately beautiful spot. A short boat ride takes you across the river where you get a short talk about the reserve. We didn't walk the whole reserve but enjoyed the walk we did.

Thank jscoates
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well Done the red walk here recently and it was really worth it not too hot ,which was good ..great place to see with the wildlife as well ..

Thank iguana1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a very interesting mix of abandoned military facilities and nature reserve based on shingle and marshes. The highlights for me were the atomic bomb and Laboratory 1, which is an abandoned test facility overgrown with vegetation. The atmosphere in that building is otherworldy.

Thank Mateusz G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited mid week and got there prompt for the 10am boat as we heard it could get busy. But no pressure- we were the only 2 on the first boat and I think only 2 on the next one, 20 mins later. Renewed out NT...More

Thank JLCgladstone
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the highlight of a recent trip - we went to the lighthouse which was amazing and the quietness in the nature reserve was just awesome!

Thank KcjK1
Reviewed 3 August 2017 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 21 July 2017 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 14 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
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