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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

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The Best Day Out

We have been wanting to come here for ages and the trip did not disappoint. All the NT staff were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Philip L
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London, United Kingdom
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This is a reserve that is run by the National Trust. You take a short boat ride from the quay at... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Janice H
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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Wild, remote and exposed, Orford Ness contains the ruined remnants of a disturbing past. Ranked among the most important shingle features in the world, rare and fragile wildlife thrives where weapons, including atomic bombs, were once tested and...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been wanting to come here for ages and the trip did not disappoint. All the NT staff were so friendly and our guide for the day ,David, was superb.Our tickets were £18 each which I thought was great value. Whether you like birds,animals...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Philip L
NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Philip Thank you for your kind words and we're glad you enjoyed your the tour! We hope to see you on the Ness again sometime.

Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a reserve that is run by the National Trust. You take a short boat ride from the quay at Orford. It is really peaceful and well cared for. There is plenty of wildlife to see. There was a huge flock of Canadian geese...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Janice H
NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Janice Thank you for your review and we're glad you enjoyed your visit to Orford Ness. We hope to see you on the Ness again in the future.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's was a quick visit bit it was peaceful, sunny and very enjoyable trip. It's worth a trip as there's so much to see as well as enjoy the peaceful ambience there is on this nature reserve.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank rbadenpowell5
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had always read about Orford Ness and thought i would enjoy it. After a trip there this morning I can confirm it is really interesting. I went over to get a look at the Nuclear testing buildings but was amazed by the wildlife on...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank PaulFilep
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fascinating place! National Trust run a boat service to the Ness. Boats go from Orford Quay and the crossing only takes a few minutes. The place is interetsting on so many levels, the scenery, the birds and vegetation and the relics of early...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Spinyl0bster
NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you back on the Ness again sometime!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's nowhere else like this: a vast, largely empty, shingle spit that was once the site of military research and is now a nature reserve. An important point to note is that exploring it involves at least five miles walking along concrete roads and more...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Paul K
NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Paul and thank you for your review. I'm sorry you thought the visit was expensive. We do offer reduced rates for National Trust Members (£4) and family tickets, but as a charity our admission fees are an important contribution to the running costs of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit to this location was enjoyed by all and the ferry ride across the water was an extra bit of fun for the kids. The welcome greeting and talk we received once we had got off the ferry was warm, helpful and informative. Particularly...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank JJ_18911
NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we're glad you and your family enjoyed your visit to the Ness. You've made some good recommendations, which we echo as we're not your traditional National Trust property! We hope to see you on the Ness again sometime!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My best advice for this trip is be prepared. There are no facilities except toilets on the island so ensure you have everything you need as it is definitely somewhere you could spend the whole day. There is very little shade so on a hot...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Carrot74
NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and glad that you enjoyed your visit to Orford Ness. Also very good advice. We always recommend sunscreen as the exposed nature of the site, the deceptive sea breeze and reflection from the shingle can cause surprise sunburn, even on...More

Reviewed July 31, 2019

Until now we always seemed to visit Orford when the ferry wasn't going, So determined not to miss out this time we were at the NT ticket hut on the quay as it opened at 9.40am - and just as well - within an hour...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2019

Thank you for your review and we're glad you finally managed to visit Orford Ness. Sorry the weather conditions impacted the wildlife - as you will have noticed the exposed nature of the site does mean the elements do come into play more than on...More

Reviewed July 15, 2019

This place has it all both nature and history and is well worth a visit. From a human perspective the site has an fascinating past most of which was secret until fairly recently. I recommend one of the lunch time talks given by a NT...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank edward-marles
NTOrfordNess, Visitor Experience Officer at Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Thank you for your review and to hear you enjoyed your visit to Orford Ness. We offer a range of tours and mini tours and are glad you enjoyed the talk by our volunteer. The Chinese water deer on site are always a popular spot...More

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