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Orford guide

There are few places better on The Suffolk Coast to enjoy the blue skies and sunshine than Orford, a small fishing village known for its bounty of excellent local food and peaceful atmosphere.

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success! 

Arguably one of the prettiest villages on the Suffolk Coast, Orford is a true historical gem. From its castle, pretty cottages and welcoming pubs to the picturesque quay offering river cruises and the home of Pinney's delicious smoked fish and the Pump Street bakery, it’s an ideal place to while away a happy day or two.

Things to Do in Orford

1. Orford Castle

Soaring over the town, with views over Orford Ness, and home to the village museum is the Castle. Built between 1165 and 1173 by Henry II to consolidate Royal power in the region, the well-preserved keep stands amongst the earth-covered works of the outer fortification.

Towns & Villages - Orford - Castle (c) Emily Fae Photography

2. Orford Ness Nature Reserve

A ten mile long shingle spit, with marsh, lagoons and waterways, Orford Ness Nature Reserve was the haunt of smugglers in the 1800’s, and later became a Ministry of Defence Atomic Weapons Research Centre. Orford Ness has a long history of experimental work much of which is still top secret today. Britain’s first atomic weapon, Blue Danube, was developed and tested in the ‘pagodas’ which dominate the coastline. The skeletal remains of other buildings used during the two world wars and the Cold War are still scattered across the shingle.

TTDA - National Trust Orford Ness

3. Orford Church
Grade I Listed St Bartholomews Church, built in the 14th century, with 12th century remains attached, has been voted one of the best churches in the UK and has stunning acoustics, making any performances a must!

Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

Town Marsh Car Park, Quay Street, IP12 2NU
Bakers Lane, IP12 2LE (back of Town Hall). Please note, there are no disabled toilets or baby changing facilities available.

Download this useful Explorers Walking Guide of Orford to give you some inspiration during your visit!

How to Get to Orford - Public Transport

By Bus:
Local services running to/from Woodbridge and Ipswich.
Bus timetables available from Suffolk on Board

By Rail:
Nearest rail station is Woodbridge with services to Lowestoft, Ipswich, London and on-going connections from Ipswich to Norwich and Cambridge.
Tickets and timetable are available on the Abellio Greater Anglia website and via the app

How to Get to Orford - By Car

- From Lowestoft, take the A12 (south bound) then follow A1094
- From Norwich, follow the A146 onto A12 and A1094
- From Ipswich, take the A12 (south bound) then B1084
- From London, follow A11/A12 then B1084

Travel Information & News

For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.