Islands of Secrets Walk

Step behind the 'no entry' signs and take a guided walk into the heart of the normally off limits AWRE area.

  • Booking not needed
  • Admission applies

Join our tour guide on a 1.5hour guided walk into the heart of the AWRE area, including the iconic 'Pagodas'. Learn about the history of these fascinating buildings. Access to the interior of the buildings is no longer possible but we will go as close as safely possible to the exteriors. Normal admission ticket applies. Tickets for this tour are bookable on the day but you will need to book your ferry and entry ticket in advance. Limited numbers

The Islands of Secrets Walk runs from 1pm until 2:30pm on the following dates:

Saturday 21 May

Saturday 25 June

Sunday 21 August

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • All £5.00
View admission charges
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Prices

NT Member
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £4.50
Child N/A £2.25
Family N/A £11.25
1 Adult and up to 3 Children N/A £6.75
NT Non-Member
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £12.00
Child N/A £6.00
Family N/A £30.00
1 Adult and up to 3 Children N/A £18.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Access to Orford Ness is only via our ferry Octavia. Admission to Orford Ness is free to NT Members but you will need to still pay the ferry fare. Spaces are limited due to boat capacity and tickets are currently in high demand.. Tickets are released on a weekly rolling basis on a Thursday to maintain roughly 2 weeks advance booking. Tickets are in very high demand and sell out quickly.

The basics

Booking details
Tickets for this walk can only been booked on the day. You will need to book your ferry in advance
Suitability
Children welcome. Children under 5 free.
Meeting point
Meet at Lab 1 at 1pm. Cross to Orford Ness by the 12pm ferry at the latest to allow time to walk to Lab 1. Tickets are bookable on the day on a first come, first served basis.
What to bring and wear
Orford Ness is an exposed coastal location, please dress for the weather!
Accessibility
Access to Orford Ness is via ferry, boarding of which will require negotiating steps, the number of which will depend on the tide. The steps can be slippery.

Contact Info

Name
Orford Ness
Email
Orfordness@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01394 450900

Upcoming events

Islands of Secrets Walk

Sat 21 May 2022
13:00-14:30
Step behind the 'no entry' signs and take a guided walk into the heart of the normally off limits AWRE area.

Suffolk Walking Festival - Walk with a Shepherd and Sheepdog

Tue 24 May 2022
09:30-12:30
Run as part of The Suffolk Walking Festival, join our shepherd as he manages our flock of rare breed sheep.

Camera Skills Workshop

Fri 10 Jun 2022
09:30-16:30
Confused by exposure? Flummoxed by focusing? Pictures in your mind don't match the photo you end up with? Learn how to get the best out of your camera in the inspiring landscape of Orford Ness.

Orford Ness Half Day Trailer Tour

Sat 11 Jun 2022
09:30-12:30
Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer, including access to the Cold War Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area, normally 'off-limits' to visitors.

Wildlife Safari

Fri 17 Jun 2022
09:30-12:30
Join our Countryside Manager to learn about some of the unexpected wildlife that calls Orford Ness home.

WooliNess

Sat 18 Jun 2022
10:00-16:30
Have you ever wondered how wool from a sheep is turned into clothing? Come and see how the wool from our flock of rare breed sheep is spun, felted, knitted, woven and crocheted into beautiful items of clothing, blankets and shawls.