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Aldeburgh Holidays

One of Suffolk's cultural gems, the coastal town of Aldeburgh is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing short break or holiday this autumn and winter.

With pretty, pastel coloured buildings, boutique shops, cafes, art galleries, world class culture at nearby Aldeburgh Music and a la carte restaurants serving fresh, local seafood, the town is under two hours drive from London and Cambridge - the perfect getaway spot.

Where to Stay

The hotels in Aldeburgh are situated in the heart of the town, the ideal place to rest your head after a day spent wandering around the cobbled lanes, absorbing the atmosphere of the nearby world famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, or blowing away the cobwebs along the pebbled beach. 

Offering panoramic sea views with beach chic styling, The Brudenell's rooms are individually decorated with colours that reflect the character of the seaside town. On an evening, book a table at the hotel's award-winning seafood restaurant, which serves locally caught fish and shellfish, and if you don't mind the bracing sea air, enjoy your morning coffee on the outside terrace.

With sumptuously decorated rooms, and views as far as the eye can reach, The White Lion offers relaxed refinement next to the sea. Take full advantage of the hotel's restaurant Brasserie Bleue, and enjoy afternoon tea, or a french-inspired three-course dinner, or head to Sea Spice; a vibrant new restaurant combining Suffolk produce with exotic Indian cooking.

Ideal for families and friends, there's a wide selection of self-catering cottages and apartments in Aldeburgh too. Dogs are very much welcomed in Aldeburgh, and you're spoilt for choice when it comes to pooch-friendly places.  

White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh with snow (med)

Things to Do

Art and Culture

Just a few miles drive away is Suffolk's largest maltings complex, Snape Maltings. It was here that Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears were inspired to write some of their famous works, and so from the largest Malthouse they created one the finest concert halls in the world. Music, dance and the arts are celebrated at this cultural hub throughout the year with Britten’s great classics, the Snape Proms series and a variety of festive concerts taking place in November and December.

Music lovers can discover the life and works of Benjamin Britten in his former residence The Red House, whilst film-lovers are treated to a stellar line-up including appearances by Joanna Lumley and Louis Theroux at the annual Aldeburgh DocFest taking place at Aldeburgh Cinema and other locations throughout the town in November. 

Of course, no trip to Aldeburgh would be complete without taking in Maggi Hambling's majestic ''Scallop' sculpture, standing 4 metres high on the shingle beach against the stunning Suffolk sky!

Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings Concert Hall - bpo performing - Rob Marrison

Shopping

The picture-perfect High Street is home to a mix of well-known brands including Joules, Fat Face, Crew Clothing and Jack Wills, and independent boutiques such as Collen & Clare and O&C Butcher plus delis, homeware shops, book shops and galleries. 

Food and Drink

No trip to Aldeburgh would be complete without indulging in delicious fish and chips from the Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop; widely regarded as one of the best fish and chip shops in the UK! If you fancy something a little more refined, there's a wide selection of restaurants offering traditional English dishes, to french, Thai and Indian feasts. Stop off at The Lighthouse or The Regatta, The Wentworth Hotel's beautiful restaurant complete with sea view. For fine cafe culture check out the Cragg Sisters Tearoom, Aldeburgh Market and Munchies.

Thorpeness

Dominated by the man-made Meare, the pretty village of Thorpeness is just a couple of miles from Aldeburgh and is home to one of the UKs most unique places to stay; the House in the Clouds. Spend a day perusing the antiques and collectables in the Emporium, enjoying a round of golf and walking amongst the heathland and along the beautiful beach. 

House in the Clouds with Plants

What's On

A concert in the stunning surroundings of Snape Maltings Concert Hall, guided morning bird walks, art exhibitions, documentary festivals and live theatre; there's a jam-packed schedule of events taking place in and around Aldeburgh this autumn and winter.

For full event listings, visit our 'What's On' section.


Things to see and do


Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. There's something for everyone with 155 square miles of tranquil and unspoilt landscape including wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages.

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Beaches

Beaches

Whether you’re in search of a great family day out, a birdwatching haven, or trip back in time, the beaches along the Suffolk Coast will provide you with a memorable day out whatever the time of year.

In the winter, Suffolk's beaches take on a whole new persona; with windswept dunes, crashing waves, and bracing winds, they are the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs, stroll hand in hand with your loved one, or enjoy a solitary dog walk.


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Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters

Suffolk Coast Greeters offer a friendly face in a new place. Whether you are moving into Suffolk, visiting for the first time, or want to experience the outstanding landscapes of the Suffolk Coast in a new way our growing network of volunteer Greeters could help. 

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Open Top Touring Ltd

Open Top Touring Ltd

Woodbridge

As well as providing driving routes through the un-spoilt Suffolk Coast, past Suffolk’s historic wool towns and the county’s most beautiful sights, they can arrange luxury accommodation in some of Suffolk best hotels and B&Bs.

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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe is a small and friendly canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard hire centre based on the stunning upper reaches of the Alde estuary between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast.

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

From tiny meadows to rolling heaths, the nature reserves extend all the way along the Suffolk Coast from Trimley Marshes at Felixstowe to Lound Lakes north of Lowestoft and are some of Suffolk's most inspiring wild places. 

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Aldeburgh - Visitor Information

Tourist Information including a range of leaflets and guides to help during your visit are available at the Aldeburgh Library.

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Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness

Thorpeness Golf Club is a coastal heathland course designed by famous Scottish architect James Braid and opened in 1922. It winds its way through silver birch, pine trees, gorse and purple heather. The course is 6,421 yards long and plays to a par of 70.

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The Red House

The Red House

Aldeburgh

The music of Benjamin Britten is the soundtrack of the Suffolk coast. At The Red House in Aldeburgh you can explore the life and work of this world-famous composer in the place where he lived and worked.

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Suffolk Libraries

Suffolk Libraries

All of the county's 44 libraries provide a wide range of services including traditional library loans (books, DVDs etc) access to the internet and a range of information materials, free Wi-Fi and activities for people of all ages throughout the year.


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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums

There are more than 50 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. 

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings is a place of energy and inspiration – a visitor destination of outstanding natural beauty and one of the world’s leading centres of music, founded by Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten. 

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WHERE TO EAT


The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales - including Adnams and a range of guest ales.

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Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel - Restaurant and Bar

The restaurant offers a more traditional dining experience with fresh local produce complimenting the daily changing menu.

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Brudenell Seafood & Grill 

Brudenell Seafood & Grill

Aldeburgh

The Seafood & Grill restaurant has panoramic sea views from every table with a décor that is inspired by the vibrant colours that can be found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year.

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The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

The White Lion Bar & Brasserie Bleue

Aldeburgh

Inspired by a modern desire to return to simple, 'back to basics' food and impeccable service, offering freshly prepared dishes in contemporary surroundings. 

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Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape

There's an excellent selection of places to eat at Snape Maltings, from freshly prepared local food and cream teas to cafés overlooking the Alde estuary, providing guests with one of the best views of reeds, water and sky in the UK.

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WHERE TO STAY


Suffolk Secrets

Suffolk Secrets

Southwold

Suffolk Secrets is proud to offer the best choice of self-catering holiday cottages on The Suffolk Coast.

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Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Woodbridge

Suffolk Cottage Holidays aims to bring you the best choice of quality cottages and homes across the finest locations of East Anglia.

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Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages

With its sleepy waterways, wide sandy beaches, quiet coastal towns and lively cathedral cities, thousands of holidaymakers have discovered the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Suffolk through Sykes Cottages. 

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Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club 

Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club

Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea, Thorpeness 3 star Hotel offers modern accommodation with picturesque views of the golf course. 

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Best Of Suffolk

Best Of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk offers a hand-picked selection of over 300 stylish, self catering holiday cottages in Suffolk, offering guests well-appointed properties in prime locations and pets go free.

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Croft Farm

Croft Farm

Snape

Croft Farm's two holiday cottages have been converted from traditional farm buildings to provide the perfect place to stay and enjoy the best of the Suffolk Coast.

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The House in the Clouds

The House in the Clouds

Thorpeness

The House in the Clouds, one of the country's most famous follies is set in 1 acre of private grounds, the House in the Clouds overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, Thorpeness Meare and the sea on the very beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. Close to Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings and home of the festival, to Minsmere and other bird and nature reserves.

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Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways

Heritage Hideaways aim to offer a more personal approach to cottage holidays, ensuring that you enjoy your holiday in the coast and countryside that we love. 

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Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Oak Tree Farm Bed and Breakfast

Yoxford

Oak Tree farm is set in six acres just outside Yoxford, surrounded by beautiful countryside and within a few miles of many of the attractions and lovely places in the area including Southwold, Aldeburgh and Framlingham.

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Dunan House

Dunan House

A secluded seaside Bed and Breakfast set in peaceful gardens just a short walk to Aldeburgh town for those little breaks that refresh the soul.

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Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape Maltings Holiday Cottages

Snape

Snape Maltings is a unique set of Victorian malthouses set alongside the River Alde. There is an eclectic range of shops, galleries and eateries all on the doorstep as well as the world famous Concert Hall.

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The Brudenell

The Brudenell

Aldeburgh

The Brudenell epitomises the perfect seaside hotel; beach chic, friendly and informal service, award-winning food and the tranquil beachfront setting all blend effortlessly with indulgence and relaxation.

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Squirrel Cottage

Squirrel Cottage

Snape

Squirrel Cottage is an excellent base for those who are looking for a peaceful retreat as well as those who enjoy activity based holidays such as walking or cycling.

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