Aldeburgh Town and Area Guide - Suffolk

Aldeburgh is a delightful resort with a remarkable cultural programme

With its remarkable and unique mix of attractions, Aldeburgh has become a fashionable destination for holidays, weekend breaks and day trips.

One aspect of Aldeburgh’s charm is that the town has remained true to itself, with many features remaining largely the same as they have for decades. Local fishermen still sell their catch from huts on the beach, the historic church of St Peter and St Paul still looks down on the daily comings and goings, and the place has the ‘lived in’ feel of a town that is pleased to see you, but has a life of its own.
 
The high street features little in the way of amusement arcades, but instead boasts a number of award-winning restaurants and bistros, alongside independent shops and art galleries.
 
A major influence on the particular character of Aldeburgh is the world-renowned Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts, first organised by Benjamin Britten. The festival, whose home is the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, now draws performers and visitors from across the globe, lending this special little town a cultured and cosmopolitan feel which continues to attract artists and culture-hungry tourists.
 
On the seafront, the ancient timbers of the medieval Moot Hall are now home to Aldeburgh Museum, and a short climb up the Town Steps provides an inspiring view over the houses and out to the sea and that endless East Anglian sky.
 

Nearby Attractions

 
Minsmere– The jewel in the crown of the RSPB and a fabulous place to walk, cycle, or picnic on the beach even if birds aren’t your thing.
 
Dunwich Heath– Wonderful walking, cycling, birdwatching and endless tranquility in this unique National Trust protected landscape.
 
Long Shop Museum– in the village of Leiston. A fascinating insight into the 250-year old engineering history of Richard Garrett, and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first female doctor.
 
Thorpeness- spend a day boating on the Meare with its Peter Pan-themed islands.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015