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Orford Ness National Nature Reserve

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Go on, get on that boat!

A wild and slightly weird experience, so I love the place. A rare mixture of habitats and buildings... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2018
TRL1963
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Lovely walk and lots of interesting buildings

Eclectic mix of things to look at. Really nice walk. The buildings which are open and have... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Francesca R
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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The biggest shingle spit in Europe was a top-secret military site from 1913 to the 1980s.
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Orford Quay Quay Street | Orford, Woodbridge IP12 2NU, England
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

A wild and slightly weird experience, so I love the place. A rare mixture of habitats and buildings that mean there's always something to stop and look at, either close up or in the distance. I went on a paid for guided tour (Bombs and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TRL1963
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Eclectic mix of things to look at. Really nice walk. The buildings which are open and have information in them tell lots of different stories. Enjoyed the ferry as well. Be aware it takes a maximum of 12 people, so get there early and book...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Francesca R
Reviewed 5 September 2018

We walked more than 13 miles around the lanes and byways, absolutely perfect Summers day. If you are there at the weeknd the Butley Ferry (max 4 persons!) is a must do

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AdrianH1967
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Don't think there anywhere that has nature, views and a history of nuclear testing all the same place. Had a lovely day here with my mum and 6 year old daughter. Lots of walking and so much too see. You cannot book in advance for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MummyP6
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We came here thinking it was just a nature reserve ...it's much much more! Spent a wonderful few hours walking around the site seeing not just the nature but the marvellous military history...some of which remains slightly unexplained!! As other people have mentioned, there are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LyndenDawn2103
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Nature, water, military history, maritime heritage--all are on show here and it a rich source of all these aspects. Well worth a few days visit ----and then some more! Good food available as well as restaurants

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul J
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Turned up to catch a boat to be told they were full up and you cannot book the day ahead. We were recommended to turn up early and fight to get a ticket and then there's no booking facility to get back (you guessed it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Peterwilliams99
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Both mytself and my son are keen on military history and after seeing this on Michael Portillo's TV show had to come, we were not dissapointed, a fasinating place, combining so much history in one small place, a great day out.Decent shoes a must.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LeeDesmond16
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

I have been visiting Suffolk quite a bit over the last few years and this weekend discovered beautiful Orford. We arrived early from London and headed for the Quay where we found a little cafe .Had a good breakfast with great views over the river...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christine R
Reviewed 17 August 2018

The first thing that impressed us was the enthusiasm that all the staff we were in contact with had. The site is an interesting mixture of nature, history and wild life, all the paths were open on the day we went which we enjoyed walking....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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we're here by tandem, and security seems good... lock her up and trust....
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