Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Important notice -

Due to boat capacity you'll need to book your visit in advance to Orford Ness. If you arrive without a booking, you'll unfortunately be turned away. Tickets are released on a Friday for the following week and are in high demand, selling out quickly.

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

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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

What's on 

The Armoury at Orford Ness

A new Art exhibition for Orford Ness 

Orford Ness is now hosting Afterness, a major new art exhibition presented by Artangel and featuring work by a collection of international artists.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Orford Ness (20 July - 25 July)

Sun 25 Jul 2021
10:00-17:10
Book your timed entry to visit Orford Ness. Ferries depart from Orford Quay.

Timed entry to Orford Ness (27 July - 1 Aug)

Tue 27 Jul 2021
10:00-13:40
Book your timed entry to visit Orford Ness. Ferries depart from Orford Quay.
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 but currently some are closed because of Government restrictions. We hope to open them up again as the restrictions are relaxed. Meanwhile you can 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

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

 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.

Glanville Fritillary butterfly

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

Groups

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.