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“Fascinating” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

Orford Ness National Nature Reserve
Orford Quay | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
01394 450900
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Woodbridge
Type: Military Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: The biggest shingle spit in Europe was a top-secret military site from 1913 to the 1980s.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Really enjoyed the scenery, military history, looking at wildlife. Did two of the walks (linked). The ferry trip added to the fun. If you want to do the walks justice, you need a good amount of time. Got good value, tasty sandwiches to take to the Ness from the shop in Orford (not the one on the quay, though that may well be good too). There is a toilet on the Ness.

Visited August 2013
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“Stunning !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Gorgeous walk along the waterside, full of birdlife, bees and butterflies, only wish we had more time here, we endeavour to go back for the weekend to make the most of the vast array of things to see.

Visited August 2013
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful tour of Orford Ness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We had the most facinating day on 10th August tour of Orford Ness. Our visit started at 10am and finished at 5.30pm and was a good mixture of ecology and military information. We could not possibly have had a better guide than Duncan Kent, who made sure we were given as much detail as possible and made everything so interesting. We were very lucky to have such a knowledgeable guide.

Visited August 2013
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Manchester, UK
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Interesting nature and military site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We liked the walks around the site, and the ferry boat trip across the water. We liked the military history - including the buildings with replica bombs and explanations of how the site was used by the MOD. As it is a spit it is obviously very flat and not at all picturesque.

Visited August 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

I really enjoyed the history of this site as it played an important part in the development of weapons for the first and second world war. It then became a test site for the AWRE to test various aspects of the parts used in the atom bomb. I found it a thoroughly interesting site and really enjoyed the walk around.

Visited August 2013
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