A visitors guide to the Suffolk seaside town of
Aldeburgh, which has become a centre for music lovers
and poets worldwide. The annual Aldeburgh Festival was
introduced by Benjamin Britten and is usually held
during the month of June at Snape
Maltings nearby. Here disused malthouses have been
transformed into a concert venue with a smaller festival
held in the month of September.
Carnival day at Aldeburgh is one of the highlights of
the town with lots of entertainment culminating in a
wonderful firework display. Birdwatchers can find lovely
reserves at Minsmere
(RSPB) and Havergate Island home of the Avocet.
Victorian houses painted in all the colours of the
rainbow are very much a feature of this Suffolk town.
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In the church of St. Peter and Paul is the grave of
Benjamin Britten, his opera Peter Grimes was inspired by
local poet George Crabbe and also the town of Aldeburgh
The beautiful 15th century church contains a bust of the
poet George Crabbe who was born in the town in 1794. His
birthplace of Slaughden has long since been swallowed up
by the North Sea. Long shore fishermen still launch
their boats as they have done since the 13th century
from the beach.
Some six streets have been lost to the sea since the
16th century. The Moot Hall which dates from around 1540
was originally in the centre of the town, but now sits
happily down by the seashore. It houses a small museum
devoted tot he town's history.
Fishing and boat building form part of Aldeburgh history
and are still very much part of the town today. Pretty
sailing boats dot the shingle shore making many a
painter and photographer reach for either their brush or
camera. Buoys and nets complete the picture and from
minute huts fishermen still sell their catch that they
have just landed. Lapwing, snipe and godwit strut along
the seashore oblivious to the holiday maker with their
bucket and spade, ice creams and sunshades.
The High Street mostly Georgian is also decked out in
candy colours and there are lots of interesting shops to
rummage around. Plenty of places for a cup of tea, a
light lunch or a slice of cake. For those wishing for a
more substantial lunch or evening meal there is a wide
variety of different places to try.
The Cooney family have owned a fish and chip shop for
over thirty years in the town and it is reputed that
their customers are quite happy to queue up in order to
sample their award winning fish and chips.
A number of thrillers were set in the area including
'The Woman in White'.
The name Aldeburgh is pronounced Orld-brur.
In the high street note number 4 which is where Benjamin
Britten lived until 1957.Also number 18 a timber framed
house which used to the Old Custom House. Its said that
the stone steps that lead up to its front door were
built directly onto the shingle.
Learn more about Elizabeth
Garrett mayor of Aldeburgh and first female
mayoress in England!
used to be the main port of the town
but has long since been washed away.
Martello tower shaped
like an ornamental design of four lobes like a clover
leaf, was once a defence against Napoleon but was never
used. It is now a holiday home.
Hotel was the home of the
country's first female doctor and surgeon. It was also
the birthplace of Millicent Garrett Fawcett leader of
the suffragette movement.