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Orford Ness Half Day Trailer Tour

Take a leisurely guided tour of the Ness in our 24 seat passenger trailer, including access to the Cold War Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area, normally 'off-limits' to visitors.

  • Booking essential

Don't fancy the usual 5 mile walk to get around Orford Ness? Then let our trailer take the strain!

Join a trailer based tour of Orford Ness, stopping at key points across the site with access to the AWRE Cold War weapons testing area.

Internal access to the AWRE testing labs is no longer possible for safety reasons. This tour will pass through the area normally off limits to visitors and as close to the buildings as possible.

Lasting around 3 hours, our expert guides will give you a fascinating insight into Suffolk's secret coast.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult Member£20.00
Adult Non-Member£27.50

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 2491895 Ticket includes, tour and admission

Meeting point

Meet at the National Trust office on Orford Quay at least 15 minutes before the start time so we can check you in ready for a ferry crossing and prompt start.

What to bring and wear

Orford Ness is a coastal location with exposed conditions, please wear suitable clothing. There are no catering facilities on site so bring food and drink if needed.


Access to Orford Ness involves a ferry crossing of the River Ore, and the ferry is accessed by steep and sometimes slippery steps. The tour is a driven tour but some walking may be required to visit buildings.

Upcoming events


Young Ranger Day 

Aged 5-12? Want to get up close to the nature that calls Orford Ness home? Then come along to our Young Ranger event and learn how our Rangers care for this amazing place.

Event summary

7 Aug to 28 Aug 2024
10:00 to 14:00
+ 3 other dates or times

Stargazing - Overnight on Orford Ness 

The coastal location of Orford Ness offers some truly wonderful views of the night skies, affected only by the ports of Felixstowe to the South and Rotterdam faintly in the East. Join us for an overnight event gazing at the stars on Orford Ness.

Event summary

10 Aug to 31 Aug 2024
17:00 to 23:55
+ 1 other date or time

Island of Secrets Walk 

Join us on a walk past the usual 'no entry' signs into the heart of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment area and learn about these fascinating buildings.

Event summary

11 Aug to 13 Oct 2024
09:30 to 12:30
+ 2 other dates or times

Walking And Painting The Landscape 

Have you ever thought of drawing on a daily basis? Join artists Simon Carter and Susan Barnet on a walk to inspire you to do just that.

Event summary

23 Aug 2024
09:30 to 16:00