Aldeburgh is world-renowned thanks to its connection with Benjamin Britten, the founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, which takes place in June every year.
The Suffolk Coast and Heaths are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designated as Heritage Coast. In recent years Aldeburgh, one of the jewels on this wonderful coastline, has attracted ever-increasing numbers of Londoners seeking to buy second homes and ‘bolt hole’ properties. It’s a magnificent town full of little independent shops and eateries, the 100-year-old cinema and plenty of fishermen’s beach shacks selling fresh fish.
Pastel-coloured 19th Century holiday villas line the promenade.
Wandering north along the beach you can visit the 4 metre high ‘Scallop’ designed by the celebrated Suffolk-born Maggi Hambling, made entirely of steel by Aldeburgh craftsmen. The somewhat controversial sculpture is inscribed with the words “I hear those voices that will not be drowned” from Britten’s famous opera Grimes and are intended to be read against the magnificent Suffolk sky.