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
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. For Holiday Accommodation in Aldeburgh
Suffolk - Self Catering - Holiday Cottages - Hotels and Bed and Breakfast
check out our Aldeburgh Holiday Accommodation Pages.
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 itself.
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
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
mayor of Aldeburgh and first female mayoress in England!
Slaughten used to be the main port of the town but has long since been
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.
Uplands 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.