Arguably one of the prettiest villages on the Suffolk Coast, Orford is a true historical gem. From its castle, rustic cottages and welcoming pubs to the picturesque quay offering river cruises and the home of Pinney’s delicious smoked fish and the Pump Street Bakery, it’s an ideal place to while away a happy day or two.
WHAT TO DO
To get the most out of your visit to Orford, we’ve selected some of the most popular things to do whilst you’re there.
VISIT THE CASTLE
A medieval adventure
Orford Castle was once one of the most important castles in England. All that remains of this medieval castle is the keep. Climb up to the roof for magnificent panoramic views seaward to Orford Ness.
TAKE A RIVER TRIP
Aboard the Lady Florence
Starting at Orford Quay, heading south passing Orford Castle, past the fascinating pagodas on Orford Ness, and Havergate Island, home of Britain’s RSPB Bird Reserve, internationally famous for its rare breeds and migrant birds.
TAKE A TRIP TO ORFORD NESS
Owned by the National Trust
Take a short boat trip to this wild and remote shingle spit, the largest in Europe. Follow trails through a stunning landscape and a history that will both delight and intrigue. It’s a 5 mile walk, so be prepared and wear decent footwear.
Orford has lots of special places to dine. You can visit the outstanding Pump Street Bakery for a seasonal meal, a freshly baked cake, or a bar of award winning chocolate. Enjoy smoked fish from Pinneys of Orford, a family business established in the 1950’s. The Butley Oysterage tucked away on the Market Square is Pinney’s restaurant which opens for lunch and dinner depending on the season. With a relaxed but lively ambience The Crown and Castle is the pub at the heart of the village offering delicious lunches and dinners.