The Suffolk Coast
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Snape guide

Snape is a 'must-visit' destination for anyone who wants to sample the beauty and atmosphere the Suffolk coastal countryside has become famous for, whatever the season.

The history of Snape village spans back over 2,000 years. In this time it’s been a Roman settlement, an Anglo-Saxon burial site, a priory, a Victorian maltings, and from 1937 -1947 the favourite home place of Benjamin Britten, one of the most celebrated British composers in history.



Things To Do in Snape



1. Listen to world class composers

Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings Concert Hall – Home to the Aldeburgh Festival founded by composer Benjamin Britten in 1948. Aside from the well-known June festival, this 832 seat venue also plays host to many concerts, workshops and performances of dance and literature throughout the year. Aldeburgh music has become established as a centre for talented young musicians from all over the world, and remains a world-renowned cultural mecca.

2. Visit the Maltings

The Snape Maltings complex houses art galleries, restaurants, cafés, shops and stunning holiday cottages inside an intricate network of beautiful brick buildings. Unsurprisingly, it’s a favourite place for visitors and locals alike.

3. River Trips

A popular day out at Snape Maltings, operated by the team from Waveney River Tours. The river trips sail on the tide and last for around one hour. The journey from The Maltings travels along the estuary to Iken Cliff and back to The Maltings – A haven for wildlife.

4. River Walks

The River Alde at the Maltings is a haven for birdlife with its expansive estuary. Being tidal it’s a place of glistening mud and shallow open water, filled twice a day by the incoming tide and rich in wildlife during migrating months. Here's a selection of walks with varying distances: – Snape Warren along the river is a 2 mile return walk. – Sailors Path walk from the Maltings to Aldeburgh is a 12 mile return walk. – Iken Cliff walk is approximately a 2 mile return walk. – Iken Church walk is approximately a 4.6 miles return walk.

Download these useful Explorers Walking Guides for inspiration!


Useful Information

Public Conveniences and Baby Changing Facilities

Public toilets with disabled toilets and baby changing facilities can be found within the Snape Maltings complex.

How to Get to Snape - Public Transport

By Bus:

There are bus services from both Aldeburgh and Woodbridge to Snape, with a bus stop outside the Maltings. Bus timetables can be found at Suffolk on Board

By Train:

The nearest rail station is Saxmundham with services to Ipswich and onward connections to Lowestoft, Norwich, Cambridge and London Liverpool Street. Snape is a 20 minute car/taxi journey from Saxmundham.

All train tickets can be purchased via the Abellio Greater Anglia Website or the app.


How to Get to Snape - By Car

From Norwich,take the A146 (A143) then onto the A12 (south), A1094 and B1069

From Ipswich, follow the A12 (north) onto the A1152 and then B1069

From Cambridge, take the A14 onto the A12 then follow the B1078 onto B1069

From London, head south on the A12 (A14) and take the A1152 and onto B1069

Car Parks in Snape

Parking is available at the Snape Maltings Complex

WHERE TO STAY IN AND AROUND Snape

WHERE TO EAT IN AND AROUND Snape

Things to do in Snape