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
Souring 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.
2. Orford Ness Nature Reserve
A ten mile long shingle spit, with marsh, lagoons and waterways. This 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.
3. Orford Lighthouse
Orford Lighthouse is one of the most iconic buildings on the Suffolk coast; seen from miles around it has, for centuries, guided sailors safely along the shoreline. Reaching high into the Suffolk sky it is remote, unspoiled, and holds a magic that appeals to us all.
4. 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!
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