Latest news from Orford Ness

Photography Tours, Bombs and Beasties Tours and Trailer Tours are now available. These will be updated as new events are introduced. We are closed at the moment but the new opening times are now available.

New opening times

We are open Saturdays only 20 April - 22 June; Tuesday to Saturday 25 Jun - 28 September and Saturdays only 5 - 26 October. Also open Good Friday, Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays (except 25/26 December and 1/2January). Access by National Trust ferry from Orford Quay. Boats cross to the Ness every 20 minutes, 10 to 2 only, returning regularly through day (last ferry back departs 5). Tickets limited, only available on day. Main visitor trail (Red Route) always available, other routes open seasonally.

Overnight Photography Tour - 13 April 2019

A very special chance to photograph Orford Ness in the morning and evening light, with the rest of Sunday available to continue photographing up until 4pm. You will be guided and supervised by rangers from the site and a professional photographer who has been photographing the site for many years. Their combined knowledge and experience will help you get the most out of the trip by offering historical knowledge of the site and creative and technical advice.

Sky at night over Orford Ness
Stars over pagoda Orford Ness
Sky at night over Orford Ness

Trailer Tour - 24 April

Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer including access to the Cold War weapons testing area.

Photography Tour - 28 April 2019

Spend a whole day on Orford Ness including the Cold War Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area. You will be accompanied by rangers from the site who have been photographing it for many years. Their combined experience and knowledge will help you get the most out of the day by offering historical knowledge of the site and creative and technical advice.

Bombs and Beasties 2019 - all day guided walks - 11 May and 8 June

A five minute boat ride leads to a five mile walk and talk with a ranger, looking at various aspects of this unique site - once a Top Secret military test site now a National Nature Reserve. Will include access to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area not normally open to the public. 

For further details and how to book the above tours, see the Whats on page.

Would you like to volunteer on Orford Ness?

Become a Ranger or help behind the scenes. Whatever you do you will always learn something new about this intriguing place and enjoy your time here. For more information see Join the Orford Ness team or for general information on volunteering, see the link at the bottom. 

Whats happening on the Ness

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Policy for drones on Orford Ness

Please note that the use of drones is not permitted on the Ness. See here for full details.