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The Crown and Castle

Orford and its Environs

One of the marvellous things about Orford is that in the midst of unchanging landscapes and absolute tranquillity, there is still a lot to do. Only yards from the hotel stands the magnificent C12th Orford Castle (strictly speaking just a keep) built by Henry II. It has far-reaching views from the battlements  but historians believe it was built more for prestige than defence.

Snape Maltings (home of the Aldeburgh Festival) is also nearby, as is the charming market town of Woodbridge, with its restored tide mill, and the smart, seaside town of Aldeburgh.

To the west of the village lie Tunstall and Rendlesham forests. It’s impossible to exhaust the wonderful walks these magnificent, ancient woods provide but if the beauty of 500-year old oak trees does start to pall there are always the coastal and river paths to explore. Excavations at Sutton Hoo in 1939 uncovered the ship-burial of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king, including the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet, weapons and priceless royal treasures. Intriguing insights into Britain’s history are offered by the Sutton Hoo exhibition, including a full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber.

About 20 miles to the north of Orford are Dunwich beach and Minsmere a protected RSPB site.

  • The river Ore and Ness from the hotel

  • The lighthouse on the Ness

  • Corner of Quay Street

  • On Front Street

  • The castle and the beacon

  • An old wreck near the quay

Transport

If you don’t want to drive once you are here, or are part of a small group who want to stay together, you might like to consider www.iceni-tours.co.uk who offer bespoke, chauffeur-driven tours around Suffolk, either to your specification or, if you prefer, theirs.