Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Important notice -

Orford Ness is now open on selected days May - October. Please check opening times and days below. You will need to book your visit in advance with tickets going on sale on a Friday for the following week.

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

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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

What's on 

You'll need to take the ferry Octavia to Orford Ness

Please book ahead before visiting Orford Ness 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back to Orford Ness. Visitor numbers will be severely reduced because of government coronavirus restrictions so it is essential that you book your place on the ferry in advance. The What's on page will have the booking information the week before we open. The Opening times will tell you what days we are open.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Orford Ness (22 May)

Sat 22 May 2021
Book your timed entry to visit Orford Ness. Ferries depart from Orford Quay. All visits last 3.5 hours with a fixed return ferry time.
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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 most 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


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.

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 

Because of current government restrictions we are unable to offer group visits to Orford Ness at the moment. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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.