Visit Aldeburgh

Why visit Aldeburgh?

A wonderful mix of family fun, music and drama, fine eating and drinking, sailing and shopping - something for everyone in the friendliest atmosphere you'll wish to find on the Suffolk Heritage Coast.

	Snape Maltings boasts an international concert hall, a fine range of shops and cafes, and interesting art galleries all situated in an idyllic location overlooking the reedbeds and gorgeous views to Iken church.</p>
	An absolute must for the children is a rowing expedition on the Meare at Thorpeness. A 65 acre lake of shallow water with a Peter Pan theme throughout. Look out for the crocodile - alas without the ticking clock. Watch out for the House in the Clouds and the fan-tailed windmill. All great fun.</p>
	Stroll past Aldeburgh beach along Crag path where you can buy freshly caught fish and lobster, view the RNLI Aldeburgh lifeboat, contemplate Maggi Hambling&#39;s evocative beach sculpture, The Scallop. Stop awhile at the Moot Hall which houses the Aldeburgh museum or watch the children and adults(!) launch their model boats in the boating lake.</p>

Aldeburgh Accommodation

Accommodation in AldeburghSelf Catering, Hotels and Bed & Breakfast in and around Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Snape. Cosy cottages, large family houses, self catering or fully catered, a great choice of holidays throughout the year.

Aldeburgh Accommodation

Holiday Cottages in Aldeburgh

Holiday Cottages

A superb choice of holiday cottages and bigger houses on and close to the Suffolk coast in and around Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Snape brought to you by Suffolk Cottage Holidays.

Aldeburgh Holiday Cottages
Bed and Breakfast in Aldeburgh

Bed & Breakfast

A great selection of Bed & Breakfast accommodation throughout Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and the Alde Valley - ideal for one and two night stays. Information includes location maps and consumer reviews.

Aldeburgh Bed and Breakfast
Hotels in Aldeburgh


A guide to hotels and guest houses in and around Aldeburgh. Town centre and country hotels, boutique and traditional - compare hotels, book short breaks and last minute accommodation.

Aldeburgh Hotels

Aldeburgh Eating

Eating in AldeburghEating out in Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Snape. Including restaurants, pubs, cafes, tea rooms and local food, information, maps and opening times.

Aldeburgh Eating Out

Pubs in Aldeburgh


A guide to your favourite pubs and inns throughout the Alde Valley, including Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Snape. Dog or family friendly, handy for coastal and country walks. Local beers and ales, fine local produce and great menus. Find out more.

Aldeburgh Pubs
Cafés and Tearooms in Aldeburgh

Cafés and Tearooms

Home cooking, local produce, relaxing indulgance. Close to the Suffolk coast; convenient for a concert at the Snape Maltings or a theatre visit in Aldeburgh, delicious all day menus, fresh local produce, cafes catering for food allergies or child friendly. Find out where to eat.

Aldeburgh Cafés and Tearooms
Restaurants in Aldeburgh


A romantic dinner for two, locally caught fresh fish specialities, vegetarian or continental, a treat for the kids. There are great restaurants for every occassion in Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and the Alde Valley.

Aldeburgh Restaurants
Local Food in Aldeburgh

Local Foods

The Suffolk coast has a well deserved reputation for fine local produce, fresh fish, seasonal fruits and veg, home made breads, cakes and chocolate, game and much more. Farmers markets, local shops - find out where to buy the best produce created in the Alde Valley.

Aldeburgh Local Foods

What to do in Aldeburgh

Things to do in AldeburghThings to do in Aldeburgh, Snape and Thorpeness including walking, historic buildings, local crafts, theatres, concerts and children's activities.

Things to do in Aldeburgh

Cinema and Theatre in Aldeburgh


Aldeburgh, Snape and the surrounding villages have a well deserved reputation for world class drama, music and arts. Discover more about the year round programme of opera and ballet, classic and cutting edge films, poetry, literary and documentary festivals, plays and readings.

Aldeburgh Cinema and Theatre
Cycling in Aldeburgh


Cycle the coastal roads and bridleways between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, explore the Alde valley by bike. A wonderful area for cycling with few hills, many quiet lanes and bridleways. Maps and reviews.

Aldeburgh Cycling
Historical Aldeburgh


The martello tower and the Moot Hall in Aldeburgh, The House in the Clouds in Thorpeness, flint churches, old windmills - discover the rich tapastry created by our ancestors in and around the Alde Valley.

Aldeburgh Historical Interest
For the Kids in Aldeburgh

For the Kids

Whatever the weather there is lots for children to see and do in and around Aldeburgh, rowing on the Mere at Thorpeness, learning to sail in Aldebugh, childrens theatre and music, themed walks and activities. Big budget or free, there is a great variety of fun and fulfilling children's activities to choose from.

Aldeburgh Kids Activities
Local Crafts in Aldeburgh

Local Crafts

The unique landscape and fine countryside colours in and around Aldeburgh has always attracted artists to settle. For a good selection of galleries, potteries, crafts and courses look no further.

Aldeburgh Local Crafts
Sport and Leisure in Aldeburgh

Sport and Leisure

Whether you’re looking for an active day out, sailing on the River Orwell or teeing off on one of our award-winning golf courses, or simply to relax at a luxurious health suite or salon, see what sport and leisure activities Suffolk has to offer.

Aldeburgh Sport and Leisure
Walking in Aldeburgh


Quiet country walks, town trails, themed, educational and historic walks, short strolls and coastal trails; you will find a walk to suit every age and interest in and around Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Snape.

Aldeburgh Walks and Walking

Shops and Shopping

Shopping in AldeburghUnique Shops and Shopping in and around Aldeburgh; including Maps, Reviews, and Contact details.

Aldeburgh Shops and Shopping

Aldeburgh Stories

The Amber Coast

You may not have realised, as you strolled along the shingle beaches between Felixstowe and Southwold, that you were trodding on a precious gift, delivered to Suffolk’s coast over the centuries by the North Sea...


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Fine Dining in Aldeburgh

We’ve put together a list of the many restaurants in and around Aldeburgh that feature in the Michelin Guide.

There is a huge variety of cuisines and settings for you to enjoy on your holiday in Aldeburgh, or during a special evening of culinary delights in the coastal town.


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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson - Britain's First Female Doctor and Mayor

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson is probably best known for being the first woman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain. But did you know that she was also the first female mayor in Britain - mayor of the town of Aldeburgh no less! Read more about her fascinating story, as doctor, as suffragette, and as mayor, and her links to the seaside town of Aldeburgh, here!

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Aldeburgh Events


An art exhibition featuring works by Helen Howes and John Stormes

Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery
51 High Street,
IP15 5AU


As part of the two week programme of of autumnal events, an exhibition of drawings, sculpture, paintings and produce from the farm & the beautiful Alde Valley. In association with the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival .

White House Farm
Sweffling Rd,
Great Glemham,
IP17 1LS

Thursday Talk: Zeppelin Over Suffolk by Mark Mower

Long Shop Museum
15 Main St,
IP16 4ES

Know your autumn birds - a day for those who would like to know a little more about the natural world. 

Stanny Field Centre
Low Barn, Stanny House Farm,
Iken, Suffolk,
IP12 2EY
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Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Aldeburgh’s defiantly old-fashioned Suffolk coast seafront evokes the Victorian and Edwardian periods when this delightful coastal town became a seaside resort for the upper middle classes. Once Aldeburgh prospered as a port, ship building and fishing being its two major industries; Drake’s Greyhound and Pelican were built at Slaughden, just south of Aldeburgh. In the 16th century over 1,500 people were engaged in fishing, now just a dozen or so clinker built fishing boats are drawn up on the beach providing super fresh fish for locals and holidaymakers alike.

Why not? Take a picturesque walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness with the opportunity to travel along the old railway line to Thorpeness and return via the coast along the beach. Ref: Ordnance Survey Explorer sheet 212 Woodbridge and Saxmundham

Aldeburgh retains the genteel feel and pace of an Edwardian seaside resort. The bathing huts have disappeared but the pretty pastel coloured cottages remain. Aldeburgh High Street, which runs parallel to the shore has both quaint and contemporary shops and galleries among some really attractive historic buildings – at one time the half-timbered Elizabethan Moot Hall (now a fascinating museum) was located in the centre of the town, today it overlooks the beach and the fishermen’s huts just south of the iconic scallop shell sculpture by local artist Maggi Hamblin.

Cycling The flat Suffolk countryside with its beautiful heritage coastline has many cycle trails for a quick family exploration to some serious exploring. See Suffolk coastal and cycle route guide with 88 mile signed circular route. Guide also includes cycle hire from the Aldeburgh Tourist Information Centre, High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AQ 01728 453637; Email:

Aldeburgh has always been a magnet for artists, writers and musicians. Perhaps its most famous resident was the composer Benjamin Britten who, with his partner, Peter Pears, set up the Aldeburgh Music Festival soon after the Second World War. So successful is the June Festival that Aldeburgh has now become a year round venue for music, writing, poetry and theatre.

The annual influx of creative people and their audiences has brought a wealth of excellent restaurants, cafés and fine local producers to Aldeburgh. Unsurprisingly menus include a fine selection of fresh local fish from sole to lobster but locally grown fruit and veg are also to be savoured; try the locally grown asparagus and samphire. Children are welcome everywhere and there is much for youngsters to enjoy. If it is too cold for the beach then younger children will enjoy sailing their boats on the boating lake or crabbing at the quay. There are sailing courses throughout the summer, dinghy, canoe hire at near by Thorpeness, tennis and golf and with some car free areas close to the beach many families bring or hire bikes.

Fishing The best shore fishing on the beach is to start at the Aldeburgh Yacht Club where the water starts to shelve to a good depth quite close in. This trend continues south past the Martello Tower until you get to the area known as the “Dirty Wall”. A hot spot is the groins to the dirty wall which is equally famous for its snags.

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