Visit Orford

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

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	The intimate town of Orford, once a bustling port, now separated from the sea by the largest shingle spit in Europe has a fascinating history. The prettiest spot on the Suffolk Coast where you can walk, dine and slow down well!</p>
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	Orford Church hosted the premier performance of Benjamin Britten&#39;s <em>Noyes Fludde.</em> The composer, who was born in Lowestoft, is remembered in the church by a beautiful sculpture depicting Noah&#39;s release of the dove in the work.&nbsp;</p>
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	Offloading the catch at Orford Quay. Orford Quay bustles with activity; pleasure boats coming and going, ferry boats crossing the river to Orford Ness and fishing boats returning with their catch. From the jetty you can embark on the River Cruise restaurant and have brunch, a la carte lunch or enjoy a sunset cocktail supper.</p>
This film, with commentary by Humphrey Burton, Aldeburgh Music Club&rsquo;s President, provides an insight into the ongoing influence of place on man, and man on place; celebrating the fact that Britten&rsquo;s legacy to the people living in and visiting Aldeburgh and the Suffolk coast remains as strong today as it ever did.
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	The intimate town of Orford with its iconic lighthouse, once a bustling port, now separated from the sea by the largest shingle spit in Europe has a fascinating history. The prettiest spot on the Suffolk Coast where you can walk well, dine well and slow down well!</p>
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	The choice of accommodation in Orford is large and varied; from a boutique hotel and homely B&amp;Bs to cosy cottages, stylish cottages and large barn conversions. All you have to do is choose. Fancy a secluded hideaway or a really comfy cottage by Orford quay, the choice is yours? Here is our guide to tucking yourself in.</p>

Orford Accommodation

Accommodation in OrfordSelf catering , Hotels, & Bed and Breakfast, in and around Orford – cosy cottages and large family houses, great holiday homes for holidays at any time of year.

Orford Accommodation

Holiday Cottages in Orford

Holiday Cottages

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 and Breakfast in Orford

Bed & Breakfast

A selection of Bed and Breakfast accommodation in and around Orford; including Reviews, Maps and Contact details

Orford Bed and Breakfast
Hotels in Orford

Hotels

A guide to Hotel accommodation in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Orford Hotels

Orford Eating

Eating in OrfordEating Out in and around Orford, including Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs and local food. With reviews, maps and contact details.

Orford Eating Out

Pubs in Orford

Pubs

A Guide to Pubs, Local Ales, and Pub Food in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Orford Pubs
Cafés and Tearooms in Orford

Cafés and Tearooms

Cafés and Tearooms in Orford, with reviews, maps and contact details.

Orford Cafés and Tearooms
Restaurants in Orford

Restaurants

A guide to eating out in the best Restaurants in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Orford Restaurants
Local Food in Orford

Local Foods

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

Things to do in OrfordThings to do in and around Orford, including Walking, Historical Buildings, Local Crafts, Cinema and Theatre.

Things to do in Orford

Cinema and Theatre in Orford

Cinema/Theatre

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 Orford

Cycling

Cycling in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Orford Cycling
Historical Orford

Historical

Historical buildings and places in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Orford Historical Interest
For the Kids in Orford

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 in Orford

Local Crafts

Local Crafts and places in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Orford Local Crafts
Sport and Leisure in Orford

Sport and Leisure

A guide to Sport & Leisure in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details

Orford Sport and Leisure
Walking in Orford

Walking

Walking and Walks in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and things to see en route.

Orford Walks and Walking

Shops and Shopping

Shopping in OrfordUnique Shops and Shopping in and around Orford; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Orford Shops and Shopping

Orford Stories

Iken: An Anglo-Saxon History

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?

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Orford: The Wallace Collection & Clark

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’.

 

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Mother's Day in Orford

Make Mother’s Day really special this year with a little help from Suffolk Cottage Holidays!

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Orford Events

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
Orford,
Woodbridge,
IP12 2NU
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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
Orford ,
Woodbridge,
IP12 2NU
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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
Woodbridge,
IP12
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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 Ness
Orford,
Woodbridge,
IP12 2NU
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Suffolk Cottage Holidays

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

Foodie Heaven! Orford Stores sells everything from cleaning materials to locally produced fruit and veg, and includes a post office and tea room. Next door, the Pump Street Bakery has a great choice of fresh bread and cakes. There are two smokeries in the village offering an excellent choice of smoked fish, hams and cheeses and its restaurants from The Crown and Castle to the bar at The Kings Head have a great reputation for both food and ambience.

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.

Take to the water With this stunning river on your doorstep why not take a boat trip on The Lady Florence. Trips range from 2 to 4 hours and include a fully catered meal. The on board commentary is both interesting and informal and really does open your eyes to the delights and mysteries of Orford and its surrounds. Children will love The Regardless, a chance for everyone to see a lobster close up – take one home for tea.

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