Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

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

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Things to see and do 

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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Upcoming events

Photography Tours 2018

Sat 18 Aug 2018
09:15-16:30
Explore the Ness including the Cold War weapons testing area.

Trailer Bus 2018

Sat 01 Sep 2018
10:30-13:30
Take a leisurely ride across the Ness in our 24 seat trailer bus including a drive around the AWRE area.

Bombs and Beasties 2018- all day guided walk

Sat 08 Sep 2018
09:30-16:30
Explore this once secret site.

Overnight photography tour September 2018

Sat 15 Sep 2018
17:00-23:45
Experience dusk and dawn on the Ness
Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Our work

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

History

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

Wildlife

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Get involved

Meeting and greeting on the quay at 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.

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Groups

Group enjoying their time at Orford Ness

Bring your group 

Share this unique location with others and enjoy a guided group visit. You’ll all appreciate discovering the island's many secrets as your ranger guide shows you around the landscape and buildings including the pagodas.

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.