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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 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, 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. 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.


EVENTS


Floral Art Workshop: Christmas Table Piece

Floral Art Workshop: Christmas Table Piece

Snape | Thu 14th Dec 2017

Create a stunning table piece from seasonal materials with Helen Newman at Snape Maltings.

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Floral Art Workshop - Christmas Wreath at Snape Maltings

Floral Art Workshop - Christmas Wreath at Snape Maltings

Snape | Thu 14th Dec 2017

Helen Newman guides you through making a stunning festive door wreath.

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Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols

Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols

Aldeburgh | Fri 15th Dec 2017

Come and sing Britten’s most festive piece accompanied by harp.

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Christmas Carols at The Red House

Christmas Carols at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Tue 19th Dec 2017

Join this sing-a-long of Christmas carols in the run up to the festive season.

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Things to see and do


The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre

The Lettering Arts Centre is the home of the Lettering Arts Trust, an independent charity which champions Britain's rich heritage in the lettering arts. 

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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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Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant

Lady Florence River Cruise and  Restaurant provides a unique and exciting dining experience offering brunch and a la carte lunch or dinner cruises from Orford Quay, Orford, Suffolk. 


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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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HighTide Festival 2017

HighTide Festival 2017

HighTide Festival is an annual festival of new plays on the gorgeous Suffolk Coast taking place between 12th and 17th September in Aldeburgh. Every year we present our latest productions as world premieres, surrounded by a programme of talks with world-class artists, play readings, comedy, cabaret and much more.


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Suffolk Craft Society

Suffolk Craft Society

The Suffolk Craft Society was formed in 1970 to promote the value and importance of contemporary crafts and currently supports around 110 individual craftspeople in the creation of their work across a wide range of craft skills. 

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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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Free wifi


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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Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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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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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 is available at Aldeburgh Cinema.

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WHERE TO EAT


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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Sea Spice

Sea Spice

Taking 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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Slate

Slate

Slate is a specialist cheese retailer and delicatessen in Aldeburgh, and with a brand new shop in Southwold. 

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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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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 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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WHERE TO STAY


Good Access Guide

Good Access Guide

The UK's leading directory of disabled friendly holiday accommodation. Designed for anyone whose life is made easier by better access to accommodation, services and amenities. Pretty much all of us then!

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Wheelchair Accessible


Acanthus Holidays Southwold

Acanthus Holidays Southwold

Acanthus Holidays are a family run central Southwold business with over 20 years experience. Offering the very best holiday accommodation in this beautiful part of England.

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Five Acre Barn

Five Acre Barn

Just a short walk from the beautiful Suffolk coastline and the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness.

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Manor Farm Knodishall

Manor Farm Knodishall

Beautiful Georgian property close to Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Heritage Coast - With spacious, newly refurbished rooms.

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Cottage Holidays

Cottage Holidays

Established in 1992, Cottage Holidays has steadily grown to become the UK's largest family run and owned holiday cottage provider. Their local teams are experts in their area, ensuring your holiday is truly special.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Free wifi


The White Lion

The White Lion

Aldeburgh

Hygge is the latest buzzword for cosiness – it’s what the Danes do in great style when winter drives them indoors. You’ll find ‘hygge’ in spades at the White Lion Hotel on the beachfront in Aldeburgh, a great spot if you’re in need of peace and relaxation in stylish and cosseting surroundings, where the bedrooms are inviting and welcoming retreats, some with sea views as far as the eye can see. 

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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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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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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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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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Dog friendly


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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Aldeburgh Basecamp

Aldeburgh Basecamp

Positioned in the heart of the countryside, right beside the sea, Aldeburgh BASECAMP is a collection of designed, self-contained glamping accommodation.

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East Green Farm Cottages

East Green Farm Cottages

East Green Farm Cottages sleep 28 people in five cottages and a party barn. Set in 15 acres of meadowland, five miles from the beautiful Suffolk beaches between Southwold and Aldeburgh

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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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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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