Aldeburgh is a coastal town in Suffolk with plenty to offer holidaymakers. There’s more to this spot than sea views, you’ll find great places to eat and there are strong cultural ties here. Aldeburgh is associated with the composer Benjamin Britten and author E.M Forster also spent lots of time here. Read on for our Spotlight on… Aldeburgh!
Did you know?
Aldeburgh was once home to a flourishing ship building industry, and many of Francis Drake’s ships were built in the the town.
Where is it?
Aldeburgh is one of the most popular coastal towns in Suffolk, facing the North Sea.
What to do
Aldeburgh beach is made up of both sand and shingle, and is perhaps the best know of all of Suffolk’s beaches. On the beach front is the famous artwork “The Scallop, a monument to Benjamin Britten, the composer whose did so much to create the art and music scene that thrives in this town.
Aldeburgh River Trips
The river Alde flows through some of the UK’s most significant marshland sites for birds and provides an incredible experience to discover one of Suffolk’s greatest assets. A daily boat tour will take you past a former secret military site, now owned by the National Trust, which was instrumental in the development of radar.
Snape Maltings Aldeburgh Musical Centre
Aldeburgh is synonymous with classical music. The arts complex at Snape Maltings is one of the principal venues of the annual Aldeburgh Arts Festival. The building was originally used for the malting of barley for the brewing of beer, but was redeveloped by Benjamin Britten, and re-opened by the Queen way back in 1967.
What to eat
The Fish and Chip Shop is regularly acclaimed as one of the best Fish and Chip shops in Britain. Food writers have long argued that a visit to Aldeburgh would be incomplete without a visit to this not so secret local favourite. Its owners have said that the reason behind its success and popularity is their commitment to use exclusively fresh fish from the East Coast, and local Suffolk potatoes to make their own chips. Expect queues, but they will be worth it once you are sat eating your Fish and Chips watching the waves breaks on the Aldeburgh seawall.
Where to stay
Captivating Aldeburgh Rental is beautiful cottage only a short walk from both the beach and the high street. Whatever you like to do on holiday from soaking up the culture to bracing walks in the fresh air, this cottage is a lovely place to stay. Car parking, an enclosed garden and flexible accommodation make this the perfect place to stay on your trip to Aldeburgh.
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