• Red House Interior
  • The Red House Composition Studio
  • The Red House - The Archive
  • The Red House - View from the garden

The Red House, 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 outdoor café.

Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.

Visitors can explore Britten and Pears' house, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors with a mix of formal and cosy and an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large garden reflects their tastes in flowers and plants are for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful corner of Suffolk. 

The Red House archive is home to Britten and Pears’ music manuscripts, papers, rare books and art collection. It is open by appointment for anyone to visit and is the most complete composer archive in the world. As well as the manuscript scores of almost all Britten’s works – from his earliest childhood right up to his death – it contains working papers, letters, costume designs, set designs and set models, and an extensive collection of programmes.

The current exhibition  is 'Britten and Women', which celebrates the powerful role of women in Britten’s life – and how they navigated their careers in a man’s world.

Also onsite is the Garden café offering takeaway lunches and afternoon tea, and the museum shop that includes a selection of products inspired by Britten and Pears along with beauty and home fragrance products, a gardening range, and children's toys with a nature theme.

There is level access across the site and accessible toilets and Blue Badge parking available. The Composition studio and upper rooms of the house are accessed by stairs only. Illustrative films are available upon request.

Open from 30 March – 29 October.
Free wifi Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible
Attraction name:
The Red House, Aldeburgh
Price:
Price: £10, under 16s free
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Opening Hours:
30 March – 29 October. Thursday to Sundays, 11am-5pm