Orfordness Lighthouse Trust
Orfordness Lighthouse Trust

Welcome to Orfordness Lighthouse

Threatened by coastal erosion, this iconic building is at imminent risk of falling into the sea. Now in the hands of the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust, we are committed to keeping this much loved monument standing for as long as possible and to preserve its legacy after that.


While possible, we offer guided tours of this amazing place- you can either visit on one of the Open Days (listed below) or arrange a private visit with us for a pre-agreed donation. Please note it is not possible to walk to the Lighthouse from the mainland. 

2018 Visit Dates

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We were delighted to take over 600 people to visit the Lighthouse in 2017. We close over the winter but be the first to hear about 2018 visit dates by joining our mailing list. 


Email us at Orfordnesslighthouse@gmail.com



You can read more about how our Open Day Visits run on our Visits Page- 

The January 2017 Works

As some of you will know, when we advertised the 2016 Open Days to the Lighthouse, we felt that given the current rate of erosion on the beach, that it would be the last year we could open to visitors.


We welcomed over 700 people to the Lighthouse during the year, many for the first time and not knowing whether it would be for the last time. 


You'll be glad to know we had GOOD NEWS!


Having got half way through the winter, we at Orfordness Lighthouse Trust decided that the Lighthouse had fared so well that it would be worthwhile to do some repair work  to bolster the on the sea defences- the bags of shingle wrapped in geo-textile material- otherwise known as "sausage rolls".  

This decision was taken before the tidal surge that affected the East coast a week or so ago. Although the surge sadly caused some damage elsewhere, as far as the Lighthouse is concerned it had a positive outcome: shingle was deposited high on the beach above the normal High-Water mark.  

So the repair work, which commenced yesterday morning and will continue all week, is even more worthwhile as a result of the surge. We hope to install another 3 shingle filled "sausage rolls", and clear up the residue of the barrages that have done their job to protect the structure.  

With fingers crossed and wishing for fair (and light) winds, it is looking more and more likely that we will have the Lighthouse open to visitors, and maybe hold a few musical and partying events, in 2017. 

Thank you all for your continued support which has enabled us to carry out this work and we hope many of you again in 2017. 

Also a special thank you to the King's Head, Orford, for once again donating hot lunches to the team on the Ness, who are working in very chilly conditions!


Orfordness Lighthouse Trust

Since being decommissioned in 2013 Orfordness Lighthouse has been in the hands of the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust. Find out more about us and why we need your support.

History of the Lighthouse

Find out more about the history of the Lighthouse and its place on our coast, including a small insight into Life at the Lighthouse for keepers and their familes.



Art & The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse has inspired many an artist... Submit your art work for our gallery...

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