Aldeburgh Holiday Guide
The charming town of Aldeburgh is the perfect seaside destination. Famous for Benjamin Britten, Maggi Hambling’s iconic Scallop Shell on the shingle beach, and the quaint fisherman’s huts selling their daily catch, Aldeburgh is one of the most popular holiday locations on the Heritage Coast.
Take a walk along Aldeburgh’s promenade lined by pretty pastel-coloured 19th century villas and take in the beauty of the unspoilt heritage coastline before sampling the town’s renowned fish and chips! And if you have different culinary tastes there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and pubs to tempt you during your holiday.
With many independent shops, boutiques, book shops and antique stores, Aldeburgh’s bustling high street is a haven for shopaholics. There is also a fantastic independent cinema in the town as well as a number of art galleries to keep you entertained.
The coastal town of Aldeburgh is of course most famous for its connection to Benjamin Britten, composer and founder of the extraordinary classical musical festival taking place in June each year and shared with nearby Snape.
Snape Maltings is a few miles along the River Alde and home to the concert hall built by Britten and friends as well as a popular complex of shops and eateries. The delights of the boating lake at Thorpeness and the RSPB wildlife reserve at Minsmere are also within easy reach.
Aldeburgh combines family holiday fun and fantastic cultural experiences and there truly is something for everyone!
Attractions and things to do
Showcasing many blockbusters and family matinees, this 1919 cinema, owned by the local community, also hosts the Aldeburgh Documentary Film Festival in November and the Children’s Film Festival in October each year. There are also many special events, with live opera and ballet performances from the Bolshoi, Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House.51 High Street Suffolk IP15 5AU Tel: 01728 452996 Website
Aldeburgh Golf Club
Just outside the centre of town, Aldeburgh’s 18-hole Championship Golf Course is set amid sandy heathland with views of the River Alde, while the 9-hole River Course is open to experienced and novice golfers alike. Visitors are welcome throughout the year.Saxmundham Road Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5PE Tel: 01728 452890 Website
Snape Maltings is an inspirational setting for the world-famous music hall run by Aldeburgh Music and the renowned programme of contemporary and classical music attracts talented musicians from around the globe. The programme highlights are the Aldeburgh Festival in June and the Snape Proms, which runs throughout August each year.Snape Maltings Concert Hall Snape Suffolk IP17 1SP Tel: 01728 687110 Website
Aldeburgh Sailing Club
The Aldeburgh Sailing Club provides tuition for adults and children alike during the summer months, and there is active racing at weekends from April to December, with the highlight being the spectacular sight of 350 boats on the River Alde each August during the popular Regatta Week.Aldeburgh Sailing Club Slaughden Road Suffolk IP15 5NA Tel: 01728 452562 Website
Keep walking along the beach from Dunwich and you'll reach the coastal and wetland reserve of the RSPB, with its hides for birdwatchers and numerous footpaths. Marsh Harriers, Bitterns, Avocets, gulls, Nightingales and Woodlarks all flock here to the reedbeds: it's a quite magical place.Sheepwash Lane Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 3BY Tel: 01728 648281 Website
Local pubs and restaurants
Do not miss this great café on the high street, highly recommended for take-aways or lunch – just squeeze past the counter to the tables at the back! The homemade sandwiches, toasties, soups and cakes are simply delicious, as are the coffees, creamy hot chocolates and gorgeous local, Norfolk ice creams. Fresh food, always frenetic, and fabulous!163-165 High Street Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5AN Tel: 01728 454566 Website
The Golden Galleon
Aldeburgh is accredited with the best fish and chips in the UK for good reason and the Golden Galleon is the sister restaurant to the original highly-acclaimed Aldeburgh fish and chip shop. If it’s too chilly to sit on the sea wall with your take-away, then it also has a restaurant upstairs: the ‘Upper Deck’. Open every lunchtime and most evenings.
Photo courtesy of Tom Crease137 High Street Aldeburgh Suffolk IP15 5AR Website
The Lighthouse Restaurant
Ideal for special occasions with locally sourced food, an excellent wine list and great ambience, the Lighthouse menu features such delights as Seabass Fillet on Saffron Mash, Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach; Seared Pigeon Breasts on Apple Risotto, as well as Lighthouse Fish and Chips in Beer Batter. The pre-cinema menu is great value at 2 courses for £10 or 3 for £15. Available 12noon – 2pm / 6.30 – 7.15pm daily.The Lighthouse 77 High Street Suffolk IP15 5AU Tel: 01728 453377 Website
The Mill Inn
Right on the seafront overlooking the Moot Hall, the Mill Inn dates back to the 16th century. And whether you are after a pint of Adnams or good pub grub, you can be assured of a warm welcome. Check out the seafood special – the fish does not get any fresher than this as it comes from the fishermen who land their catch on the beach opposite.The Mill Inn Market Cross Place Suffolk IP15 5BJ Tel: 01728 452563
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