Aldeburgh is one of Suffolk's not so secret treasures. The Seaside destination has a timeless feel, no matter what time of year you visit.

In the summer it transforms into a bright place – a crooked line of pastel painted houses and quaint little cottages. You see the fishermen selling the catch of the day, and their boats dotted on the brilliant blue shingle beach sprinkled with hints of amber, washed up from the north sea. But come the winter, the scenery changes. The wind, from Siberia, whips the salty grey ocean and haunts the air with echoes and whispers. Lonely long stretches of shingle, empty of picnicking families, inviting you to take a walk and become lost in the your own thoughts. It comes as no surprise that this beautiful haunting space has inspires writers, artists and creatives throughout time, such as the great composer Benjamin Britten and ghost story writer MR James

Virginia Woolf once described Aldeburgh as a “miserable dull little sea village”. However, this is what locals want you to believe! In fact, the secret pot is full of Aladdin’s caves.

There are plenty of places down the high street to explore from boutique shops to knick-knack troves. Consider yourself a book lover? Visit the enchanting Aldeburgh Bookshop and you might be lucky enough to meet the legendary wizard Professor Albus Dumbledore. Down the high street you will also find The Pug and Pussycat and the Alde River, two cosy gift shops. If you want to dress to impress then you can shop till you drop at O&C Butchers or Joules.

A gentle meander from the town and you will stumble upon Aldeburgh beach. Here you can visit the Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station and see the towns’ lifeboat close up. Take a walk further along the shingle to discover a hidden gem, a four meter high scallop shell. Maggi Hambling’s shell sculpture is a tribute to Benjamin Britten the famous composer who was a resident here in Aldeburgh. The words engraved on it “I hear those voices that will not be drowned” came from his opera Peter Grimes, this is an excellent place for a wind swept photo!

For artistic impression visit the Aldeburgh Beach Lockout, a tiny art and craft and creative temple by the sea. This is a place where poets, artists, performers and thinkers gather to catalyse their ideas. 

If you ae a history lover then take a trip back in time at the Aldeburgh Museum to the lost city of Slaughden and the witchcraft executions of the 17th Century. Don’t forget to pay the Martello tower a visit  or perhaps you fancy watching a film? Now more than 100 years old the Aldeburgh cinema is one of the oldest working cinemas.

Food is one area that you will be spoilt for choice in Aldeburgh and no trip would be complete without tasting the famous fish and chips. Being crowned king of the fish and chips there are 3 different places for you to tuck in: The Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop, The Golden Galleon and The upper deck.  You can wrap up warm and wander down to the beach to eat, but beware of the seagulls who will try anything to pinch some of what Ed Sheeran calls “the best fish & chips in England”

If the hungry seagulls are too much for you then enjoy a sit down meal instead. The lighthouse and the Regatta Restaurant both serve excellent freshly sourced seafood. For a friendly relaxed café experience visit Munchies, who serve everything from coffee and brownies to salads and toasties. 

Are you a gin lover? if so you will be interested to know about the unique tours and tasting experiences at the recently opened Fishers Gin Distillery. Finally, the ultimate food show for real food lovers is the Aldeburgh Food & Drink festival which takes place at Snape Maltings where over 100 of the very best food and drink producers in Britain gather together to sell fresh produce.


Aldeburgh is also known as Britten Country, thanks to being the home of Benjamin Britten. Britten often walked along the beach to think and compose in this head with the sea inspiring most of his work. In the 1940’s he founded a world -renowned annual festival of classical music, The Aldeburgh Festival or Aldeburgh Music which is held every June.

The Shell on Aldeburgh Beach

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