East Anglia Sights

Orford Ness

  • Orford Quay Map It
  • Orford
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

A short boat ride beyond Orford Quay lies mysterious Orford Ness, a 5-mile-long causeway of beaches and salt marshes that make up the longest shingle spit in Europe. Its past is cloaked in secrecy—from 1913 until the mid-1980s it served as a military site, and the first experiments with radar were carried out here in the 1930s. Now it's a great place to see migrating and native sea birds. 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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  • £9 (price includes ferry)

Published 08/30/2016


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