Orford is one of the most secluded parts of Suffolk, yet for such a small place it is remarkably well served by restaurants. Don’t miss a deliciously retro lunch at the Butley Orford Oysterage a long running and no frills eatery. Perfect for a pint are The Jolly Sailor approaching the quay and The Kings Head; special mention goes to the awardwinning Crown and Castle a must for both dinner and staying over…
This unusual tower keep guards the pretty town and is remarkably intact, so you can explore from top to bottom and enjoy magnificent views from the roof out to sea and Orford Ness. A wonderful day out and another of Suffolk’s many gems.
Book a fun boat trip on Regardless on the River Ore with Peter the Skipper. See the lifting and baiting up of lobster pots and discover the many different types of sea creatures caught locally, including lobsters, velvet and hermit crabs, fish and shellfish.
Embarks daily at 5.30pm from Orford Quay, depending on demand, during summer school holidays, and on Saturdays during term time May to September. Booking is essential - don’t just turn up!
Boat over to Orford Ness; a remote stretch of coast separated from the mainland by the River Ore. Open 26 March - 25 June Saturdays only. 28 June - 1 October Tuesday - Saturday. 8 - 29 October Saturdays only. Access is by National Trust ferry from Orford Quay. Boats cross to the Ness every 20 minutes between 10am and 2pm only, returning regularly through the day; last ferry leaves the Ness at 5pm.
The quay is always a lively place, you can board the Lady Florence here for a leisurely lunch on the Rivers Alde and Ore, regardless of weather and tides.
Look out for the RSPB’s emblematic avocet in the Summer months