Aldeburgh Travel Guide

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Aldeburgh Things to Do

  • Woodbridge

    The lovely little town of Woodbridge is worth a visit - the beautiful architecture of some of the houses the little streets and the riverside - make it a lovely place to wander around. It is not far from the most important Anglo-Saxon site in the United Kingdom - the Sutton Hoo burial ship. The town is on the river Deben and there is a lovely walk...

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  • Under the pier Southwold

    While visiting Southwold you really should look in at the "Under the Pier Show" on the pier - it is really unusual and pretty surprising and fun. The slot machines are all made by Tim Hunkin and they are NOT your usual slot machines. Try your luck at crossing the road using a Zimmer frame (walker) - always useful now that we are getting older. He...

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  • Southwold

    This is a lovely little seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast and is a charming although parking can sometimes be difficult. walking along the front with the long line of multi coloured beach houses is fun and gives great photo opportunities. The pier which was opened in 2001 is nice with its shops and the pier clock - which is a definite...

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  • Dunwich Heath

    Visit the National Trust site at Dunwich Heath - it is a wonderful area north of Southwold and in September the colours of the heather are beautiful and there are so many lovely walks - of different lengths and some are even available for wheelchair users. You can also walk along the shore and there is also a RSPB site next to it.

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  • a lovely little church

    visit the church in Orford - it is lovely and it is where four works of the English composer Benjamin Britten had their first performance. It is easy to park close to the church. In the church is a memorial to the first performance of Birtten's works

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  • the Parish church and Britten grave

    The parish church of Aldeburgh is a lovely little church and its graveyard is the resting place of the composer Benjamin Britten and his life partner the tenor Peter Pears.The composer died at his home in Aldeburgh on the 4th of december 1976 from congestive heart failure. His partner of many years died on the 3rd of April 1986. They are buried...

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  • Snape Maltings

    Snape Maltings was just a short walk from our lovely cottage. I t is the home of the Aldeburgh Concert Hall and the Aldeburgh festival which was started in 1948 by the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner the tenor Peter Pears. Of course we had to go and look - pity there were no concerts while we were there.On the complex as well as the...

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  • birds of prey

    On a very wet and cold day we had to find something to do while staying in Snape and so we ended up going to the Stonham Barns and I am glad we did. Stonham Barns is a collection of things / with a restaurant, fishing lakes, golf course, shops and a caravan and camping park. Plus what we went ofr the birds of prey. There is a wonderful collection...

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  • Sutton Hoo

    Sutton Hoo near Woodridge is the site of two 6-early 7th century burial grounds. The site is about 11 kilometres from the sea along the banks of the river Deben. The burial mounds were on the land owned by the Pretty family. In 1910 she and her husband built a mansion near the mounds.Mrs Pretty was widowed in 1934 and she becameinterested in...

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  • Aldeburgh Lifeboat

    Why not have a look at the impressive Lifeboat House on the beach. The front of the boathouse houses the Lifeboat, and to the side and rear is the RNLI shop.

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  • Visit the points of interest on the sea...

    This is the Moot Hall - an old sort of town hall - and is wonderfully dated. Also along the front you will find the Lifeboat Station (do visit the shop and spend some money to support these gallant men - the church has a memorial to a whole crew lost last century).

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  • Church-going Southwold interior

    Here, like Blythborough, you will find a Jack o' the Clock. This one is a more dramatic with its dynamic posture. Also inside look at the font cover which rises like a steeple to the sky and the east window by Compter. The strawberry and leaves mark is there but it takes a lot of dedicated looking in the bottom right!

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  • Church going Southwold

    Further along the A12 past Blythborough is Southwold. The home of Adnams Ales and the great church that lifts itself above the surrounfding houses. There is a new pier (of which the residents are proud) in the town. If you can find a place to park (no mean feat!) it is well worth wandering this resort. But do not forget the stunning church at its...

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  • Church-going Blythborough interior 2

    One of the great characters, currently rather hidden by a borrowed organ, is the Jack o' the Clock. Here he is in what seems almost a sentry box. The Southwold one is less contained!

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  • Church-going Blythborough interior 1

    Inside the church is a wonderful wooden roof with a whole set of these angels. The guide book says that they are often found to have holes in them from Cromwell's soldiers iconoclastic ideas that led them to shoot!The poppyheads may be fixed to new pews but the seven deadly sins are good to find!

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  • Walk the sea front of Aldeburgh

    The sea front cottages are prettily decorated and look much better maintained than they did a few years ago. These are quite startling, but others are more pastel shaded. It is a town where you can find a pleasing mix of architecture in what were once ordinary people's homes.

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  • Church-going - Blythborough

    One of the nearby villages has this wonderful church. Just off the A12 down Church Lane it rises above the land. From the right angle you see right through the upper windows as you drive southwards.

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  • Visit the Britten areas, Snape and the...

    The area is probably most well known now for its connection with the composer Benjamin Britten who lived in Aldeburgh and set up the Aldeburgh Festival.One of the best memorials is the stained glass windows in Aldeburgh Church by John Piper. At the moment (February 2003) this is blocked by the building of a new vestry, as the window needs to be...

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  • yummy

    If you do not feel like eating your fish and chips on the beach you can go to the little restaurant above the Golden Galleon. we decided to eat there this time instead of eating on the beach. This time we had scampi and it was so tasty - hot and fresh! The restaurant is small so you either have to get there early or wait a little while for a...

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  • lovely fish

    Once again we decided to eat fish and chips on the day we visited Aldeburgh we had eaten there before so knew it was a great place for fresh fish. The day we visited was a sunny warm day - one of few we had during the trip. So again we decided to buy our fish and chips and eat them on the beach. We went to the Golden Galleon on the main street of...

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  • Fish and chips anyone?

    Not strictly a Restaurant, but reputedly to be the best Best Fish and Chip shop in the area. Obviously the fish and chips

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Aldeburgh Local Customs

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    Hut selling freshly caught fish 1 more image

    by joanj Written Sep 8, 2008

    The local fishermen (sadly not many now) sell their catch of the day from little huts on the beach.

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Aldeburgh Warnings and Dangers

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    by margaretvn Written Nov 7, 2013

    not exactly a danger but very unpleasant and to be avoided if possible are the public toilets in the car park by the pier - dirty smelly and awful. If you have to "go" use the toilets in the amusement arcade at the beginning of the pier

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Aldeburgh Off The Beaten Path

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    by ChrsStrl Written Feb 22, 2003

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    Near to Aldeburgh is the tiny village of Theberton. It has a lovely round towered church - not unique in the world but the vast majority seem to be in this part of the world. It is like many small towns here - Dunwich, for example, has a church on the site of an ancient leper hospital, the remains of which are in the churchyard.

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Aldeburgh Sports & Outdoors

  • the Sailors Path

    Another lovely walk in the Sailors Path which will take you from Snape Maltings to Aldeburgh. Allow 3 hours for the walk through lovely country and along the river. From Aldeburgh you can catch a bus back to Snape Maltings or walk back (if you are very energetic). You get lovely views over the Maltings at the beginning of the walk and the chance of...

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  • seaside walk

    If you enjoy a seaside walk then park your car on Golf rd in Felixstowe (there is a paid parking area) but if it is quiet you can park on the road and leave your car there. Then walk through the car park and through the line of beach houses to the shore. From there you can walk along the sea front front to Felixstowe Ferry which is a little fishing...

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  • parking the car

    Parking near the sea front in Aldeburgh can be difficult so we find it easier to car in the car park of the parish church - the church of St Peter and st Paul - and walk the short distnace to the town and the sea front. It is a large parking area and there is an honesty box for parking fees. It really is only a short walk down hill to the sea front...

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  • Quiet calm and a place for peaceful...

    I love the feeling of the East Coast, with its quiet streets and rather other-worldly atmosphere. The pebble beach is dotted with small fishing boats that are still worked and for those of us who like the early mornings it is good to watch the fishermen work their boats down the beach to the sea. Later you can buy the catch! Just walking along the...

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