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East Anglia Sights

Orford Ness

  • Orford Quay Map It
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 05/30/2014

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A short boat ride beyond Orford Quay lies mysterious Orford Ness, Europe's biggest vegetated shingle spit. A 5-mile-long path takes you through beaches and salt marshes to see migrating and native birds and to discover the secret past of the spit—from 1913 until the mid-1980s it served as a military site. The first experiments with radar were carried out here in the 1930s. If you'd rather sit than walk, take the tractor-drawn trailer tour on the first Saturday of the

month, July through September (reservations essential).

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Orford Quay, Orford, IP12 2NU, England

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Sight Details:

  • £8.50
  • Late Mar.–June and Oct., Sat. 10–2; July–Sept., Tues.–Sat. 10–2

Updated 05/30/2014


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