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Orford Ness

The small town of Ordord is a lovely place to spend a few hours, and had more to see than we expected!

First there’s Henry II’s castle, a unique tower keep just on the edge of the town. Then there’s the brilliant local produce at places such as the Pump Street Bakery with its signature handmade chocolate, real bread and artisan coffee and Pinney’s of Orford for its high quality smoked and prepared fish and seafood amongst many others. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat there are some brilliant local pubs such as The Crown and Castle with its 2 AA rosettes and fantastic atmosphere, in a historic building just metres from the castle where your imagination can really take you back in time.

But the focal point of the town is really Orford Ness Nature Reserve, a spit of land going out into sea and divided from the land by the river Alde. It’s a lovely spot to enjoy watery views and you can head out on a boat across the river to Orford Ness National Nature Reserve to explore the marked trails and wildlife being conserved in this important coastal spot. There’s also a lighthouse and an interesting military history to learn about on this interesting piece of land.