Aldeburgh appears as a location in Joseph Freeman's novel Arcadia Lodge, where it is referred to as "Seaburgh", as it is in the M. R. James story "A Warning To The Curious". The Maggi Hambling sculpture features in an early scene, as do various other notable landmarks.

NoonHave lunch at the child-friendly White Lion (see details above). The lovely, airy restaurant has a great view of the sea, as well as excellent freshly prepared dishes, with a tendency towards seafood.

Starting at the Eels Foot pub in the ham...

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Are you a self-confessed foodie interested in trying out local Suffolk produce? If so, you’re in luck! The weekend of the 24th and 25th of September sees the return of The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, bringing with it an plethora of only the finest local goods, retailers, and celebrity ch...

Aldeburgh Music Club was founded by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears in 1952. The Club has evolved over the years into one of East Anglia's leading choirs with about 100 members and supported by over 120 patrons. The choir rehearses from early September to late May each year and holds three major performances, two of which are at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

For tickets to events at the eclectic Proms – created by Britten in 1948 – at nearby Snape Maltings, see the full range of events marking Benjamin Britten’s centenary – both in Aldeburgh and further afield – see britten100.orgFor more information, see Huw Turbervill’s complete and detailed guide to Suffolk, visit

Aldeburgh has a timeless quality that makes it a wonderful place to visit, whatever the time of year. There is the distinctive, eye-catching architecture against the gun-grey North Sea, the Blue Flag shingle beach dotted with colourful boats, and fresh-fish shacks tucked against the sea wall. And then, of course, there is Benjamin Britten.

The Martello Tower is the only surviving building of the fishing village of Slaughden, which had been washed away by the North Sea by 1936. Near the Martello Tower at Slaughden Quay are the barely visible remains of the fishing smack Ionia. It had become stuck in the treacherous mud of the River Alde, and was then used as a houseboat. In 1974 it was burnt, as it had become too unsafe.

Aldeburgh is now home to Aldeburgh and Thorpeness Rugby Club, based at Kings Field in Aldeburgh. The club runs an adult team in the Eastern Counties Leagues, an Under 15s team, Midi/Mini rugby, and Women's touch rugby. The club started out in nearby Thorpeness and moved in 2015 to work with Aldeburgh Town Council and Aldeburgh Community Centre.

The Aldeburgh festival, now known as Aldeburgh Music (, which the composer himself helped to start in the 1940s, is among them. It is on now, until this Sunday, June 23, with many Britten-themed and written shows. If that’s too soon for you, then in August, the delightful Proms will be staged in Snape Maltings.

Suffolk’s iconic composer and his partner once lived and worked here. The Red House is now the home of the Britten-Pears Foundation, where you can discover where the musical magic took place. The Studio where Britten composed is open to visitors all year-round, as is the Gallery, the historic Library and the Gardens. The House itself is only open during the summer months.

Two smaller geological SSSI units are found on the southern edges of the town. Aldeburgh Brick Pit is a 0.84-hectare (2.1-acre) site showing a clear stratigraphy of Red Crag deposits above Corralline Crag.[10] Aldeburgh Hall Pit is a shallow pit of 0.8 ha (2.0 acres) area. The site features a section of Corralline Crag and is considered one of the best sites in Britain for Neogene fauna.[11]

The excitement continues to build with as the HighTide Festival now upon us, bringing with it a wealth of events to attend in September. With so much to see and do, we thought we would make a selection of what not to miss from the festival’s programme. With so much to grab our attention, this was...

The trail also passes by the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, an important venue in the early years of the festival, and The Pumphouse (9), an intimate, relatively new, venue on the edge of the Aldeburgh marshes.

The trail also takes in the Parish Church (7), where Britten is buried, and which has a stained-glass window designed in his memory by John Piper. You can also see the Crag House (8), Britten’s home for 10 years shortly after the Second World War, and where much of the festival planning took place.

Another year, another Carnival and what a fantastic weekend it was!

Now settled in its new seaside home of Aldeburgh, HighTide’s 10th anniversary production is set to be bigger and better than ever. We bring you the low down on the main events, locations, writers and what not to miss.VenuesWhilst the festival in its entirety is based in Aldeburgh,...

Aldeburgh is truly a wonderful place to visit. There’s so much to see and explore! There’s something for everyone and come rain, come shine Aldeburgh will keep you entertained. Read on for our Top 10 Things To Do in Aldeburgh to make the most of your visit to this part of the Suffolk coast.

Take a row boat around the peaceful meare at Thorpeness, go to a concert at the world famous maltings at Snape, or relax on a guided trip up the River Alde. There's so much to do in the coastal town of Aldeburgh and surrounding areas. Find a comprehensive guide here.

The sculpture is controversial in the local area,[20] with some local residents considering it spoiling the beach.[19] It has been vandalised with graffiti and paint on 13 occasions.[19] There have been petitions for its removal and for its retention.[19]

Dog ban from 1st May through the 30th September on the main town beach

It also has a hand in Aldeburgh’s first pop-up restaurant, set on the beach and named ''100’’. Run in collaboration with the Crown at Woodbridge, it is open until this Friday (01728 452720;

A unique quatrefoil Martello Tower stands at the isthmus leading to the Orford Ness shingle spit. It is the largest and northernmost of 103 English defensive towers built between 1808 and 1812 to resist a Napoleonic invasion. The Landmark Trust now runs it as holiday apartments.[17] From May 2015-May 2016 an Antony Gormley statue is on display on the roof as part of his LAND art-installation.

2. Follow in Benjamin Britten’s footsteps and visit The Red House.

From Ipswich, head north on the A12 and turn off at A1092 (signposted Aldeburgh).

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The RNLI station located in the town was operating two lifeboats in 2016.

Entrance is free, and it is open all afternoon during Aldeburgh Music festival. After the festival, you can book a 90-minute tour (01728 451700;; £7.50).

This walk starts and finishes at the dog friendly 

From Lowestoft, head south on the A12 and turn off at A1092 (signposted Aldeburgh).

Using your own transport is best. Otherwise, by train you can go as far as Saxmundham on the East Suffolk line, then take a taxi or bus. There are also buses  to Ipswich, Leiston, Halesworth and Lowestoft.


The tourist information centre is located at 48 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB Telephone: 01728 453637 Email: 

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These include Aldeburgh Cottage Hospital,[37][38] a traditional English cottage hospital, the Aldeburgh Library,[39] which also relies on volunteers,[40] and the Aldeburgh Cinema,[41] which puts on a broad programme of films and cultural events.

The Suffolk Craft Society hold an annual themed exhibition in the Peter Pears Gallery over July and August, showing the work of its members.

At the southern end is the Martello Tower, built as a defence against Napoleon. Heading north along the beach towards Thorpeness you come to the stainless steel Scallop, designed 10 years ago by local artist Maggi Hambling, and still dividing opinion (I rather like it).

Aldeburgh is linked to the main A12 at Friday Street in Benhall by the A1094 road. The B1122 leads to Leiston. There are bus services to Leiston, southward to Woodbridge and Ipswich, and northward to Halesworth.[14]

From London, head north on the A12 and turn off at A1092 (signposted Aldeburgh).

Second homes make up roughly a third of the town's residential property.[3] The town is a tourist destination with visitors attracted by its Blue Flag shingle beach and fisherman huts, where fresh fish are sold daily, and Aldeburgh Yacht Club as well as cultural attractions. Two family-run fish and chip shops are cited as among the best in the UK.[4]