Why visit Orford?
An intimate and friendly coastal town with a fine castle keep and a bustling quay from which one can take lovely boat trips on the Alde river to Aldeburgh and Shingle Street. Smokeries famous for smoked salmon, ham hocks and not to mention Butley oysters. Named as one of the top 101 Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times
A wide selection of self catering holiday properties, just a short walk from Orford's great bakery, fine local food shops, super restaurants and pubs; the perfect location from which to explore the history of Suffolk's coast.Orford Holiday Cottages
Bed & Breakfast
A selection of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in and around Orford; including Reviews, Maps and Contact detailsOrford Bed and Breakfast
A guide to Hotel accommodation in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Hotels
A Guide to Pubs, Local Ales, and Pub Food in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Pubs
Cafés and Tearooms
Cafés and Tearooms in Orford, with reviews, maps and contact details.Orford Cafés and Tearooms
A guide to eating out in the best Restaurants in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Restaurants
A guide to local foods and gastronomy in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Local Foods
What to do in Orford
Aldeburgh and Snape closeby have a well deserved reputation for world class drama, music and arts. Discover more about the year round programme of opera and ballet, classic and cutting edge films, poetry, literary and documentary festivals, plays and readings.Orford Cinema and Theatre
Cycling in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Cycling
Historical buildings and places in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Historical Interest
For the Kids
Places and things to entertain and amuse your children in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Kids Activities
Local Crafts and places in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.Orford Local Crafts
Sport and Leisure
A guide to Sport & Leisure in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact detailsOrford Sport and Leisure
Walking and Walks in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and things to see en route.Orford Walks and Walking
Shops and ShoppingOrford Shops and Shopping
Situated on the highest point of the former island of Iken, the medieval church of St Botulf (or St Botolph) stands proud. Overlooking the Alde estuary across the river the church is built within the site of an early Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Snape. But what is the significance of this, clearly historic building?read more......
On your Saturday morning in Orford, do go to the Country Market in the Town Hall iand take the time to look at the three oil paintings on the left-hand side wall. For they show the one of the finest shooting parties in England given at the Sudbourne Hall Estate, once owned by Sir Kenneth Clark, famed Lord Clark of Civilisation and director of the National Gallery in the 1930s and 40s who believed Orford and surrounds to provide ‘the best kind of scenery for a landscape painter’.
Orford Ness is pleased to offer a small number of places on a rare expedition to spend a whole day working up close to the unique Cold War AWRE structures.Orford Quay
See conservation in action by spending up to an hour with volunteers from the Landguard Bird Observatory to learn about this important part of work at Orford Ness.Orford Ness
Join Jon Tyler for a walk through the woods at Rendlesham exploring the fascinating world of fungi, with tips and guidance on identifying different groups.Rendlesham Forest
Orford is undoubtedly one of the most charming and interesting of all coastal villages in Suffolk. It is separated from the sea by the shingle bank of Orford Ness – the largest shingle spit in the UK – and a meandering river.
In summer the quayside is alive with yachts and pleasure craft, with boats taking visitors to Orford Ness (National Trust) and Havergate Island (RSPB) as well as on river cruises, at low water the mudflats are awash with wading birds and wildfowl, the quayside with crabbers, whilst toddlers build sand castles on the tiny beach by the quay. A picture postcard village with something for everyone
Where ever you are in Orford you will be able to see the ruins of Orford Castle (English Heritage), one of the most important castles in medieval England. The keep – all that remains of the original building commissioned by Henry II in 1165 – has walls 90 feet high and 10 feet deep, its rooms and passages are remarkably preserved. A climb up the spiral staircase to the top provides splendid views over the surrounding countryside and to the sea. Equally stunning is St Bartholomew’s Church, the present church built in the 14th century is a wonderful sight especially when floodlit. The church is a regular venue for concerts and recitals, and many of Benjamin Britten’s works had their first performances here. Music is ever present along the Suffolk coast and Orford plays host by concerts and recitals throughout theOrford Festival as well as being a venue of choice for excellent local choirs and orchestras including The Aldeburgh Music Club. JMW Turner’s paintings and sketchbooks of Orford are very well known. The stunning Suffolk landscapes and skies continues to draw famous and amateur artists to Orford.