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.
Self 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.
A wide selection of Holiday cottages in Aldeburgh brought to you by Suffolk Cottage Holidays.Aldeburgh Holiday Cottages
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 reviewsAldeburgh Bed and Breakfast
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ShoppingAldeburgh Shops and Shopping
Would you like to play an exciting part in the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival, which is at the very heart of Aldeburgh Music's year-long celebrations of Britten's Centenary?read more......
TESSA HENDERSON is an established artist who has been specialising in drawing portraits of houses since the 1980s, and who first came to Aldeburgh in 1973 and has found, like so many others, that it is a place that has drawn her back ever since.read more......
Going to the opera Grimes on the Beach?.... book a Lawson's Delicatessen picnic hamper!Lawson's Delicatessen
138 High Street,
Fantatsic new Festival that started in 2012 and now encompasses the whole of Suffolk county.
Cookery demonstration and delicious lunch, 29th MayThe White Lion
Market Cross Place,
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.
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.
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.