Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Important notice -

Orford Ness is now closed for the winter. We look forward to seeing you in April.

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

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Our work

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

Intoduction to visitors 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.

Visitor on Bomb Ballistics Orford Ness

Dedicate a donation to Orford Ness 

You can now support Orford Ness by dedicating a donation to someone special and add your precious memories to our interactive map. A perfect present and a unique way to remember a loved one, celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, your donation will help us continue to care for Orford Ness for ever, for everyone.

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 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.