Escorted visits to Orford Ness

Group enjoying their time at Orford Ness

Find out how to arrange a visit with a group and get what you want from your time here.

Special group visits

Guided tours are offered for groups of 12 to 24 people, half-day or whole day, walking or vehicle-drawn trailer tours. Guided tours are normally offered Tuesday to Friday in April, May, June and October (when we are not open to the general public), subject to the availability of a ranger guide. Please confirm your booking with the ranger before making any other arrangements. A scale of charges relative to the guiding requirements applies.

Walking tours

A guided group visit will reveal the Island's many secrets as your ranger shows you around. This will include access to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment site (the 'Pagodas'), normally out of bounds. Walking tours can be whole or half days but a half-day walk is unlikely to allow you to get round everything you want to see. The full tour can be up to six miles (9.6km) in length.

Trailer tours

If you would rather not walk we can take you on a tour on a vehicle drawn trailer. This can be a half or full day tour. The trailer cannot make it up the track to the lighthouse, so if you want to include it on your tour you will have to walk a short distance - about 600yd (550m). But you will be able to visit the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment site (the 'Pagodas')

Photographic tours

Your photo group or club can arrange to have guided access for a small group to parts of the site not normally available. The tours last all day and include close guidance and support of a ranger and professional photographer. They can also be tailored to meet your requirements. The level of support, which can include technical help, and the intensive nature of the day is reflected in the higher cost.

Booking your group's tour

In all cases please contact the Orford Ness rangers on 01394 450900 to discuss your requirements. Alternatively email for more information. Also keep an eye on the What's on page which will have further information on group visits.