Orford IP12

Around eight miles north of Woodbridge,  we love Orford. a salty old place with a pretty main square and church and a rusty old harbour down at the end of its long main street. It's no more than an overgrown village these days, with but like many of the Suffolk coastal towns it was a big and important working port in the Middle Ages – manifest in the remains of its castle on the end of the village. Its focus is really on a rectangle of houses between the castle and church, while half a mile away its harbour looks out to its most famous feature, the National Trust-owned nature reserve of Orford Ness, which you can reach by boat. And once you've seen all this, there are more good food alternatives than a place this size really deserves in the Crown & Castle, Pump House Bakery and Richardson's Smokehouse, to name only a few of the many reasons for coming here.

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