Welcome to Orford

There's something for everyone: walkers, sailors, cyclists, bird lovers, music and art lovers,those interested in history and food  or simply wanting to relax.
The village and surrounding area

Something for everyone

The village of Orford and the surrounding area have something to offer to everyone – walkers, sailors, cyclists, bird lovers, music and art lovers, those interested in history and food, or simply wanting to relax.

Orford attracts visitors who appreciate the tranquil peace of this quintessentially English village and enjoy its unrivalled landscape for walking, boating and bird watching.

Please use the website to understand why this small area of Suffolk offers so much for those who live or visit here and how you can help to minimise the effects of tourism on the village by understanding its sensitivity to the impact of increasing numbers of visitors.

The various small businesses that operate in and around Orford depend to a large extent on the custom of visitors and would appreciate it if visitors would shop locally instead of arriving laden down with groceries and other essential supplies from anonymous supermarkets outside the area.

Order ahead services are available.
visitor information

Transport and parking

Where to park

Car parking can be a problem in Orford. The Market Square provides a small number of spaces but there is a large pay and display car park situated close to the quay and the river. As you enter the village continue past St. Bartholomew’s Church and down Quay Street and the car park can be found on the left hand side opposite The Jolly Sailor. Set Satnav to IP12 2NU

All the places of interest are then within easy walking distance.

Transport links

One of the many attractions of Orford is that it is off the beaten track with little regular public transport.

Scheduled bus times can be found at Traveline  and the local Transport on Demand service is available when pre booked through the website details.


For visitors arriving by motor car there is a very large public car park through the village on the way down to the quay.