• Towns and Villages - Aldeburgh - Suffolk coast
  • Towns and villages - Aldeburgh - Suffolk coast
  • Towns & Villages - Aldeburgh - Maggi Hambling's The Scallop

Aldeburgh guide

A traditional seaside escape

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success! 

Aldeburgh is world-renowned thanks to its connection with Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June every year. Pastel-coloured 19th Century holiday villas line the promenade and to the east, the pebble beach with fisherman’s huts selling the daily catch.

Things To Do in Aldeburgh

1. The High Street offers delightful opportunities for browsing.

Clothes boutiques, antiques and arts, an independent book shop and cinema plus a huge variety of culinary temptation, from the rightly-renowned fish and chips, to fine bistro dining, pizzas and, of course, seaside ice cream!

Be sure to pay a visit to O&C Butcher - the 130 year old clothes store has all you will need to kit yourself out for a weekend on the coast, selling brands including Barbour, Gant, Oui, Massai, Sebago and Gabor. Your pooch can even be treated to a new coat too!

TTDA - OC Butcher - Shop window

2. Follow in Benjamin Britten’s footsteps and visit The Red House.

Suffolk’s iconic composer and his partner once lived and worked here. The Red House is now the home of the Britten-Pears Foundation, where you can discover where the musical magic took place. The Studio where Britten composed is open to visitors all year-round, as is the Gallery, the historic Library and the Gardens. The site is open annually from March to October with special events programmed in November to December.

The Red House - Aldeburgh - Suffolk

3. Pay a visit to Aldeburgh’s historic Martello Tower.

These squat, 19th Century fortifications formed a defensive line along our coast to keep the invading Napoleonic armies at bay. Thankfully they never had to be put to the test.

4. Take in a film at the Aldeburgh Cinema.

Aldeburgh Cinema has been screening films continuously since 1919 when the auditorium was built onto the back of a 19th Century High Street store. Never a ‘posh picture palace’ the cinema has a glorious atmosphere - it breathes history - “A fantastic arthouse cinema!” (The Times 11 March 2015) . The auditorium retains a number of original features, including a number of beautiful art deco lights.

5. Visit the Scallop.

Wander North along the beach and visit the four-metre high 'Scallop' designed by celebrated Suffolk-born Maggi Hambling, made entirely of steel by Aldeburgh craftsmen Sam and Dennis Pegg. The sculpture is inscribed with the words “I hear those voices that will not be drowned” from Britten’s famous opera Grimes, are intended to be read against the magnificent Suffolk sky.

Aldeburgh Beach - credit Gill Moon

6. View world-renowned art

Isolated on the pebbled beach of this Suffolk seaside town, the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House welcomes a new artist, poet, performer, musician, thinker each week as artist in residence. Each Weekly artists residency culminates in an exhibition of brand new work .

The art house is currently home to the 'Alive in the Universe' and 'Time and Timelessness' exhibitions, and there's a hand-picked collection of pieces available to buy.

How to get to Aldeburgh - Public Transport

By Bus:

Local bus services run to Woodbridge, Ipswich, Thorpeness, Framlingham and Leiston

Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Train: 

The nearest train station is located at Saxmundham with services provided by Greater Anglia to Ipswich and London Liverpool Street. All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website or the app available on Android, iPhone/iPad and Windows Phone.

How to get to Aldeburgh - By Car

From Norwich take A146 and then head towards Bungay on the B1332. Through Bungay pick up the A144 until you reach the A12. Head south towards Ipswich and turn off at A1092 (signposted Aldeburgh).

From Ipswich, head north on the A12 and turn off at A1092 (signposted Aldeburgh).

From Lowestoft, head south on the A12 and turn off at A1092 (signposted Aldeburgh).

From London, head north on the A12 and turn off at A1092 (signposted Aldeburgh).

Travel Information & News

For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.


Things to do in Aldeburgh