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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

#4 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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Excellent day out !

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

Reviewed 3 October 2016
Duncan B
Lamai Beach, Thailand
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Stunning location

The Ness is a great place: loads of history, atmosphere, views and wildlife. Visitor numbers are... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2016
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 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
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...More

2  Thank Mike and Pat O
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....More

2  Thank debrancherenzym
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...More

1  Thank ReadySteadyG0
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...More

2  Thank sldraper
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I have wanted to visit this place for some time and I thought it was truly amazing. The buildings are fantastic and the NT volunteers very helpful. My only disappointment was not being able to gain access to the 'Pagodas' as this was what I...More

1  Thank WestieKJPP
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Fabulous National Trust site with interesting historical bomb testing and ballistics history. Lovely walk along Orford beach to the lighthouse. Beware it is a long walk around the whole site for young children or anyone with difficulties doing 6-7km. It is very exposed as a...More

1  Thank VanessTheMess
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We spent a lovely few hours here - would have spent longer had I have been more prepared! I didn't realise it would take so long to explore everything on the island, if I had known I would have packed a backpack with supplies as...More

1  Thank Michelle K
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