Orford has something for every visitor who loves the peace and quiet of a village little changed over the years but able to offer the comforts of modern living.
Orford is an attractive, tranquil Suffolk community situated on the bank of the River Ore, some 5 miles from the estuary mouth, relatively untouched by the fast pace of the modern world. It is surrounded by farm land and many acres of Forestry Commission property. It lies within the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The village is 20 miles from Ipswich, 12 miles from both Woodbridge and Aldeburgh, and 5 miles from the famous Snape Maltings complex, popular for its magnificent Concert Hall and nearby Galleries and Shops. Orford and its immediate surrounding area are renowned for culture and good eating.
Orford is steeped in history. The village grew in importance in the 12th century when Henry II commissioned the Castle to be built. The Church and the Quay were built by the Normans and, at one time, Orford was a thriving commercial and fishing seaport until the growth of Orfordness cut it off from the sea and access was redirected through the mouth of the River Ore. The Quay is now used for access to The National Trust site on Orfordness, the R.S.P.B sanctuary on Havergate Island and the BBC World Service Site located on the Ness as well. It is also used commercially for trips on the river, by fishermen and yachtsmen.
The Castle is now owned and maintained by English Heritage and presently houses display cabinets from the Orford Museum. The magnificent Keep has been a local landmark since the 12th century and it continues to attract large numbers of visitors.