Most widely known for its famous fish and chips and annual carnival, this coastal town has become a hive of activity, popular both with locals and those from far flung regions. Once the home town of composer Benjamin Britten, you can rejoice in its history, enjoy an evening out at its independent cinema (one of the oldest in the UK), enjoy many opportunities for fine dining, and browse its numerous boutique stores. You can enjoy a leisurely walk along the coastal path or take the inland route of the old railway to the nearby holiday village of Thorpeness. The keen walker could take the river path along the Alde towards Snape Maltings.
To get the most out of your visit to Aldeburgh, we’ve selected some of the most popular things to do whilst you’re there.
EAT FISH & CHIPS
Authentic seaside dining
The smell of fish and chips will hit you as soon as you step out onto Aldeburgh high street. The queue is normally seen stretching for miles, but it’ll be worth the wait. Enjoy them from the sea wall.
THE RED HOUSE
Home of Benjamin Britten
The home of composer Benjamin Britten and partner Peter Pears, the Red House is now a museum in their honour. Visit nearby Snape Maltings for a truly authentic Britten Pears experience.
Leisurely walks for all the family
Take a relaxed walk along the prom, all the way from the martello tower at Slaughden to the nearby holiday village of Thorpeness. Extremely easy walking and great for dogs. Around 1 hour one way at a good pace.
As well as its famous fish and chips shops, Aldeburgh offers a whole host of wonderful culinary experiences from rustic cafes and pop-up eateries, to 5 star restaurants. A selection of beach front hotels including The Wentworth, White Lion and The Brudenell all offer delicious dining with wonderful sea views. Along the high street you will find The Regatta, The Lighthouse, Prezzo and many more independent eateries. Or, why not stop by at Friday Street Farm Shop on your way to Aldeburgh and pick up a picnic, perfect for enjoying on the beach.
Amazing events are happening throughout the year all over Suffolk and Aldeburgh has so much to offer.
ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL: BANDSTAND ON THE BEACH
Every June the beach comes alive with music as part of Aldeburgh Festival, organised by Snape Maltings. Featuring acts from around the region and beyond each afternoon.
ALDEBURGH’S ANNUAL CARNIVAL & FIREWORKS
Each summer, Aldeburgh comes alive for its carnival featuring an afternoon procession, fun fair, lantern procession and firework display, it’s a hit with locals and tourists alike.
HIGH TIDE: FESTIVAL OF THEATRE & LIVE PERFORMANCE
High Tide host a festival every September championing new writing as the space for political, contemporary and provocative work, created by new and diverse artists.
GREAT NIGHTS OUT
All year long
One of the oldest cinemas in the UK, Aldeburgh cinema hosts an eclectic range of films, documentaries and live theatre all year round. For an up to date programme visit their website.
JUBILEE HALL THEATRE
All year long
Built in 1887, the Jubilee Hall offers an array of musical and dramatic performances all year round. Don’t miss it’s highly acclaimed Aldeburgh Summer Theatre season.
Set in a lovingly-renovated Victorian pumping station on the Aldeburgh marshes, The Pumphouse hosts a hugely varied programme over the three Aldeburgh Festival weekends.