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Accessibility at Orford Ness

A person's legs as they sit comfortably in a tramper mobility vehicle
Our tramper can help you to get around the site | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

We believe Orford Ness should be open and accessible for all. We know though that our location, and the need to cross the river on our ferry to reach us can pose some challenges. Read more to discover how you can best access this special place and full information on accessibility for those with disabilities or additional access needs.

Our access statement

We're passionate about making Orford Ness accessible to all needs and disabilities. Our Access statement, available here, gives more detailed information about our facilities. We are constantly making improvements and will keep this information updated. We’d also love to hear from you on suggestions for things that would make your visit easier.

We’re also on Euan’s Guide.

Making your visit easier

For your visit to Orford Ness you will find:

  • Parking – We don’t own the car park in Orford and there is no car parking on Orford Quay itself. You can though drop off on the Quay and then park in the main car park. The car park does offer Blue Badge parking.
  • Hearing impairment – Induction loops are available in all our front facing spaces. We also offer a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted welcome video. Please ask at our Quay Office if you’d like to view this.
  • Visual impairment – Large print guides are available at Visitor Reception on request.
  • Assistance dogs – Dogs aren’t usually allowed on Orford Ness, but Assistance dogs are welcome. Due to the ground nesting birds we do ask assistance dogs are kept on a lead and we’d ask you to let us know in advance, so we know to expect you and your dog.
  • Eating and drinking – We don’t have any catering facilities on Orford Ness apart from a self-serve tea and coffee in our bookshop which is run on an honesty box basis.
  • Wheelchairs – We have three wheelchairs for visitors to borrow. Please see below for more information.
  • Mobility vehicles – We have two all-terrain mobility vehicles (“trampers”) available to borrow. These are designed to enable those with mobility requirements to access the wider parkland terrain. Please see below for details on how to hire one of these for your visit.
  • Surfaces and terrain – There are three visitor routes on Orford Ness. Our main Red Route is open throughout the season, while our Blue and Green routes are seasonal opening. Our Red Route is mainly tarmac or concrete with a small section of shingle. It is accessible for our tramper and wheelchairs, although wheelchair users may find the shingle section bumpy. Our Blue route when open is concrete surface and the Green Route is half concrete, have uneven terrain – the concrete section is accessible (though with a steep gradient over the bridge) but the unsurfaced section is difficult for wheelchairs, tampers and pushchairs.
  • Toilets – Accessible toilets are available at the Rangers office.
  • Black Beacon and Bomb Ballistics– The interiors are only accessible up a flight of stairs. A picture book with views and information is available on request for those unable to negotiate stairs.
  • Sensory bags – We have sensory bags available to borrow for those with sensory needs. Please ask at our Quay Office on arrival.
An unattended tramper mobility vehicle positioned beside a wheelchair outside the workshop at Orford Ness
We have a number of mobility aids available to help more people access Orford Ness | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Mobility Vehicles

Orford Ness is a large site, and we know for some visitors a little extra help is needed to allow them to explore the whole site. We have a range of equipment that can help visitors enjoy the entire site.


We have two standard wheelchairs plus an all-terrain trike available to borrow while on site. The standard wheelchairs can be either self-propelled or pushed while the trike is designed to be pushed by a companion.


The tramper is an electric all-terrain mobility scooter designed specifically to cover rough ground safely. It travels at a walking speed so the whole party can explore the site together.

6-seater vehicle

Our 6-seater all-electric vehicle is designed to accommodate when more than one member of a party has mobility needs. This vehicle needs to be driven by a volunteer or staff member and is subject to availability.

Booking vehicles

Our mobility vehicles are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and we highly recommend booking in advance on

Due to the size of the site, while we will try and accommodate on the day bookings for wheelchairs, trikes and trampers, this may not always be possible.

Bookings for our 6-seater vehicle are only available in advance, due to needing to provide a driver and is strictly subject to availability. Sadly, we’re unable to take bookings for this vehicle on the day.

Use of all these vehicles is free, though donations are gratefully received to help with the maintenance and up-keep. The self-drive vehicles are very easy to operate, and we provide you with a briefing, test drive and route map before you set off which takes around 5 minutes.