The village of Orford lies within the Suffolk Heaths and Coasts Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a well-deserved reputation as one of the prettiest villages on the Suffolk coast. This historic community has a rich heritage as a port and fishing village during the Middle Ages. There is a medieval castle overlooking the banks of the River Ore, and the listed parish church of St Bartholomew’s. There is a sailing club, and river cruises depart from the Quay. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Orford, Orford Ness is a vast shingle spit that juts into the mouth of the River Ore, with marshes, lagoons and waterways. It was a haunt of smugglers during the 19th century and has been used for various military developments and tests by the Ministry of Defence. Today it is a nature reserve managed by the National Trust. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Orford, a ferry runs to Orford Ness and the neighbouring nature reserve of Havergate Island. In the village centre, there are several independent businesses, including pubs, cafes, and a bakery. Pinney’s smoked fish is also highly recommended.

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Recommended Places to Visit When Staying in Orford Holiday Cottages

 

Saxmundham MuseumDelve into the fascinating history of Suffolk at this informative museum, in the charming town of Saxmundham.

 

Africa Alive

Experience encounters with ostriches, rhinos and lions at this Africa-themed wildlife discovery centre, near Kessingland.

 

Snape Malting

Don’t miss this centre of galleries, live music, eateries and independent shops, housed in several beautifully converted Victorian buildings.

 

South Pier Lowestoft

Tenpin bowling, fish and chips, and plenty of seaside amusements are on offer at the pier on Lowestoft’s sandy beach.

 

The Long Shop Museum

Explore 18th-century engineering at this excellent museum, in the village of Leiston.