• Aldeburgh Holidays

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 restaurant combining Suffolk produce with exotic Indian cooking.

Owned by the same family for over 100 years, The Wentworth Hotel is just a stone's throw from the sea. It's the ideal place to relax with secluded gardens and a spacious lounge with sea views; where you can indulge in a delicious afternoon tea whilst reading the paper.

Or, if you prefer something a little more secluded, check out Five Acre Barn; a new contemporary bed and breakfast tucked away in five acres of tranquil garden and woodland, just outside the town in Aldringham, complete with five stunning 'Scandi' rooms - each with their own sitting room, bathroom and access to the garden.

If you're travelling with family and friends, there's a wide selection of self-catering cottages and apartments in Aldeburgh too. Dogs are very much welcomed in Aldeburgh, 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, or catch a concert at the historic Jubilee Hall. While art enthusiasts can while away an hour or two looking at the exhibitions at Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and BallroomArts.

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. You can stock up on a range of locally produced food and drink at Lawson's Delicatessen and buy soft furnishings, gifts and original art at one of the many homeware 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 & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

The Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape is a stunning landscape packed full with wildlife and exciting places to explore and discover. 

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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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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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BallroomArts

BallroomArts

BallroomArts is a dramatic new project space for the arts and events in the centre of Aldeburgh, between the High Street and the sea, hosting weekly and fortnightly exhibitions of contemporary art and special events.

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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant 

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering breakfast, lunch, supper and dinner cruises from Orford Quay.

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The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' home in Aldeburgh offers a charming snapshot into the couple's life. The farmhouse, nestled in a beautiful five-acre garden, is home to their collections and archive, alongside a gallery space, museum shop and café.

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Suffolk Museums

Suffolk Museums



There are more than 60 museums in Suffolk. Each one is unique, and they are all packed with fascinating stories and objects. If you want to know more about the past and how it has affected the present, just come and take a closer look.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

"Because Aldeburgh Beach LOOKOUT is 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" Caroline Wiseman, founder.

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Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Nestling in the heart of the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk sits the historic and much- loved Jubilee Hall.

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Snape Maltings sits on the bank of the River Alde, surrounded by a designated National Landscape and just five miles from Aldeburgh.

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WHERE TO EAT

Eat at Snape Maltings

Eat at Snape Maltings

Snape


Enjoy delicious food and drink with spectacular views. Enjoy MALT Café for a light bite or coffee on the go, or treat yourself to a relaxing lunch in our River View Café & Bar, looking over the stunning reedbeds.

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Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop 

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop

Traditional family run fish and chip shop since 1967, offering Cod, Haddock, Plaice, Scampi and more with chips made from locally sourced potatoes. Located a short walk from the beach to enjoy fish and chips 'The Aldeburgh Way'.

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The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

Dunwich

There's plenty to enjoy on The Ship's menu, the food ethos is simple; good food, locally sourced, skilfully cooked and thoughtfully served. 

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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 inspired by the vibrant colours found on the Suffolk coast throughout the year. Featuring a fantastic sea facing terrace that makes for the perfect spot in the warmer months.

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Sea Spice

Sea Spice

Sea Spice is situated in the heart of Aldeburgh. Taking its lead from the ancient Spice Route and Aldeburgh’s historic role as a valued Tudor port, Sea Spice unites local Suffolk produce with classic Indian flavours originating over 4,000 miles away. 

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WHERE TO STAY

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 White Lion

The White Lion

Aldeburgh

The White Lion Hotel is a contemporary coastal town hotel, boasting great views and character, situated just a few steps away from Suffolk's stunning Aldeburgh beach. It's also home to the fantastic Brasserie restaurant and Indian restaurant, Sea Spice.

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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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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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The Brudenell

The Brudenell

Aldeburgh

The Brudenell Hotel in Aldeburgh is the Suffolk coasts hidden gem. Enjoy breath-taking sea views and exquisite dining experiences right by the beach, the perfect destination for your Suffolk getaway.

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Best of Suffolk

Best of Suffolk

Aldeburgh

Best of Suffolk like to do things differently. Their hand-picked selection of over 300 stylish, self-catering places to stay in Suffolk offer guests well-appointed properties in prime locations. 

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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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All Seasons Cottage Breaks 

All Seasons Cottage Breaks

Saxmundham

3 charming 4* Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the historic market town of Saxmundham, close to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and within easy reach of all popular places of interest.

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The House in the Clouds

The House in the Clouds

Thorpeness

The House in the Clouds is one of the UK's/world's most famous follies! Set in 1 acre of private grounds, this iconic landmark overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, Thorpeness Meare and the sea on the very beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast.

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Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel

Situated on the sunny Suffolk Heritage Coast within walking distance to the sea. Thorpeness' modern hotel offers a range of bedrooms, with a fantastic grill house, and picturesque views of the golf course.

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Original Cottages 

Original Cottages

Original Cottages are the UK’s leading independent, family-owned holiday lettings company. They bring together over 30 truly local agencies into the Original Cottages family with over 5,600 properties all around the UK. They have a perfect UK holiday for all of their holidaymakers and are passionate about helping you find that holiday.

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The Wentworth Hotel

The Wentworth Hotel

Owned by the same family for nearly 100 years, the Wentworth Hotel in Aldeburgh effortlessly combines traditional hospitality with contemporary comfort and style. 

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Five Acre Barn

Five Acre Barn

A stunning bed & breakfast, just a short walk from the beautiful Suffolk coastline and the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness.

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