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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

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Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
+44 1394 450900
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Very peaceful

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then this is one of those... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Ann G
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
via mobile
Day out with nature

Travelled to Orford Ness. This is a shingle spit off the coast of Suffolk. For many years it was... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
via mobile
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The biggest shingle spit in Europe was a top-secret military site from 1913 to the 1980s.
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“boat trip” (12 reviews)
Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
+44 1394 450900
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life then this is one of those places to do so. It seems to have an interesting history with some second world war testing on bombs being carried out here. Will almost...More

Thank Ann G
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Travelled to Orford Ness. This is a shingle spit off the coast of Suffolk. For many years it was used by the military for such things as the testing of bombs. The site still has unexploded mines, so staying on the footpaths is very important....More

1  Thank TravelswithLuka
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

On a wild and windy day we visited this desolately beautiful spot. A short boat ride takes you across the river where you get a short talk about the reserve. We didn't walk the whole reserve but enjoyed the walk we did.

Thank jscoates
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Well Done the red walk here recently and it was really worth it not too hot ,which was good ..great place to see with the wildlife as well ..

Thank iguana1
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

It is a very interesting mix of abandoned military facilities and nature reserve based on shingle and marshes. The highlights for me were the atomic bomb and Laboratory 1, which is an abandoned test facility overgrown with vegetation. The atmosphere in that building is otherworldy.

Thank Mateusz G
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Visited mid week and got there prompt for the 10am boat as we heard it could get busy. But no pressure- we were the only 2 on the first boat and I think only 2 on the next one, 20 mins later. Renewed out NT...More

1  Thank JLCgladstone
Reviewed 25 August 2017

This was the highlight of a recent trip - we went to the lighthouse which was amazing and the quietness in the nature reserve was just awesome!

Thank KcjK1
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Great day at the nature reserve. We arrived early to get tickets for the boat journey across. The boat only takes 11 people at one time. Interesting history of the radar and weapons testing here and good long walks across the beach to the lighthouse.

Thank Lorraine H
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

One of the stranger places to visit but so interesting and worthwhile. There is the windswept landscape dotted with strange (military) buildings and a lighthouse; there are birds; finally there is the extremely interesting military history detailed at various points, including a museum. We loved...More

Thank LaOenophile
Reviewed 14 June 2017

This is a deeply peculiar place. It is open strange hours, there's an odd ferry system to get you there, and many of the things you will see are odd. (Alao, the explanations of them are almost incomprehensible.) But it's really good, and you won't...More

1  Thank straightouttacamden
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