Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Important notice -

Orford Ness has now closed for the 2021 visitor season and will reopen at Easter 2022.

Internationally important coastal nature reserve, with a fascinating 20th-century military history

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

What's on

Upcoming events

Overnight Photography Tour

Sat 23 Apr 2022
A rare opportunity to capture dawn and dusk on Orford Ness. Photograph the sun setting and rising over this incredible landscape.
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do

Visitors on Bomb Ballisics Orford Ness

Intriguing structures on Orford Ness 

You will pass many buildings on your walk. Many are open and you can discover and imagine what went on in these historic buildings.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Our work

Sheepdog Sweep at Orford Ness

New sheepdog finding his paws at Orford Ness 

There's a new member of the team at Orford Ness. Sweep is the new sheepdog who helps shepherd Andrew take care of the flock of rare breed sheep, but he needs to find his sea paws first.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve


Early days

History of Orford Ness 

The shifting shingle has altered the landscape over many years and the Ness’s importance as a military site from the days of Napoleon to the Second World War have also left their mark.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve


Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Get involved

 Volunteers restoring high speed camera Orford Ness

Help us care for the Ness 

Get more involved with the work here, perhaps as a volunteer ranger. Get out and about, make new friends, learn about this special place.

Robin in the frost

Give back to nature 

More than ever before, nature has been our source of comfort during difficult times. But climate change is accelerating the decline of these green spaces. Nature gives us so much, donate today and help us protect these precious places and the wildlife that live there.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve


Group enjoying their visit to Orford Ness

Bring your group 

Share this unique location with others and enjoy a guided group visit. You'll all appreciate discovering the Ness's many secrets as your ranger guide shows you around the atmospheric landscape and the intriguing structures.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Eating and shopping

The Quay Steet in Orford

Perfect for picnics 

There are no catering facilities on the Ness. However Orford is a good place to buy food and the Ness is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.