Discover: Aldeburgh

The beautiful seaside town of Aldeburgh is on the unspoilt Suffolk Coast and often features as one of England best unspoilt Seaside destinations, it has a rich history in the arts and crafts and is just on the other side of the lakes from where Snape is and where the composer Benjamin Britten founded Snape Maltings Music and Arts centre in 1948 and is the home of the International Aldeburgh Festival of Art.

The shingle beach at Aldeburgh leads you past the Martello tower and into the Nature Reserve of Orford ness where seals bask, and nature thrives in this wild cut off spit of land 10 miles long and often just a stone’s throw wide.

Right at the very end of Orford Ness was where the Atomic Bomb triggers were developed in massive Pagodas which today host Art installations accessible by ferry from the delightful village of Orford where you can get boat trips from or visit the famous castle which stopped East Anglia from becoming independent, and of course enjoy the great pubs, smokeries and restaurants that make the village famous.

Going North from Aldeburgh you come to Thorpeness which was created as a holiday village in the 1910’s by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvy a rich Scottish Barrister, the boating lake was inspired by his friend J.M Barrie’s children’s novel ‘Peter Pan’, and generation of children have enjoyed its magic since.


There are nearby Nature Reserves, Yacht Clubs, Heathland, Lakeside walks, a myriad of excellent and famous restaurants and some very special character pubs as well as coffee shops, tea rooms, art galleries, theatres, a cinema, boutiques, antique shops and fresh fish to buy on the beach straight from the fishermen’s huts. Aldeburgh has a special atmosphere and is a special place to enjoy.