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

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

What's on 

Anglia Mist Promotion Orford Ness

Arts projects on Orford Ness 

Many artists have been inspired by the landscape of Orford Ness. Read more about 'Anglia Mist', a new production to be staged on Orford Ness in the summer. There are still seats available, especially on Sunday 25 June.

Upcoming events

Bombs and Beasties June 2017 - all day guided walk

Sat 10 Jun 2017
09:15-17:00
Explore this once secret site. Sorry sold out.

'Anglian Mist'- Stuff of Dreams Theatre

Sat 24 Jun 2017
16:45-21:00
Hidden secrets, dark conspiracies counter-intelligence and spies are the order of the day for "Anglian Mist" - Stuff of Dreams Theatre's 2017 production. More tickets now available for Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th.

Bombs and Beasties July 2017 - all day guided walk

Sat 08 Jul 2017
09:15-16:30
Explore this once secret site. Booking available online from 23rd May.

Bombs and Beasties August 2017 - all day guided walk

Sat 12 Aug 2017
09:15-16:30
Explore this once secret site. Booking available online from 23rd May.

Bombs and Beasties September 2017 - all day guided walk

Sat 09 Sep 2017
09:15-16:30
Explore this once secret site. Please watch this space for booking details.

Photography Tour September 2017

Sat 16 Sep 2017
09:15-16:30
Explore the Ness including the Cold War weapons testing area. Unfortunately we are not able to take bookings for this at the moment please watch this space.
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.