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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

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Address: Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
Phone Number: +44 1394 450900
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The biggest shingle spit in Europe was a top-secret military site from 1913...

The biggest shingle spit in Europe was a top-secret military site from 1913 to the 1980s.

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An hour very well spent

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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, the history of the area, the buildings and their uses, currently and in the past,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 lobbing small bombs out of planes in the First World War to sophisticated Cold War-era... More 

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Lamai Beach, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

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

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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. There are no catering facilities on the Ness and only one set of toilets, which... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 was now being reclaimed by the forces of natures destructive powers. Crumbling buildings and miles... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

It is not often that the brisk east wind on this coastline is welcome but it was a hot day with clear blue skies when we visited Orford. The wildlife was not inclined to exert itself seeking shade where possible. There was an extraordinary heat haze which distorted views through the binoculars and rendered photography rather frustrating. Nonetheless we had... More 

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Went to Orford ness with my family for a day out and I must say I wasn't disappointed. You enter through the beautiful village of Orford and then after hiring a boat, getting the small trip across the quay, enter the vastness of the place. There is so much history to the place that you need to spend the whole... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

My husband wanted to visit Orford Ness for the photo opportunities of an unusual environment - it was certainly that! It's a long spit, covered in pebbles, quite bleak and blustery with little protection from the weather coming in from the North Sea. Its a big area in total but only a few tourists were there when we went, despite... More 

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Walsham-le-Willows, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

A weird yet wonderful mix of beautiful nature and awful wartime experimentation. I felt that nature was almost sticking a finger up to what the area was at one time used for and has, over the years, started to flourish in amongst the shrapnel, lumps of concrete and ugly buildings. A visit here will mean a walk of some miles... More 

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