Greetings from Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Heritage Coast is one of the area’s best-loved locations for holiday makers and locals alike. We asked Hannah from the Aldeburgh store to share her favourite places with us.

Things to Do

Aldeburgh Golf Course

Aldeburgh Golf Club has two courses; the 18 hole Championship Course, which is ranked 31st in England by Golf World and has beautiful views of the River Alde and the North Sea, and the delightful, nine hole River Course, which is more suitable for beginners and high handicap golfers.

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh cinema is a great place to take the kids on a rainy day. Not only does it show the most recent films but also live streams theatre shows from London’s National Theatre.

The Meare

A short walk from Aldeburgh is The Meare in Thorpeness, a boating lake that’s no more than three feet deep and complete with little islands for exploring. Covering some 60 acres, with over 40 acres of water, the lake is inspired by J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, the islands have names such as Pirate’s Lair and Wendy’s Home – see if you can find the wooden crocodile that lives on one of the islands.

Aldeburgh Yacht Pond

Have a toy boat race here, and a fabulous ice cream too. Situated right next to the war memorial for fallen soldiers and the historical Moot Hall.

Places to Eat

Aldeburgh Fish and Chips

Aldeburgh Fish and Chips is ranked in the top 10 best fish and chip shops in the UK. With the smell lingering through the town it’s hard to resist, especially when you can cross the road and eat them on the beach. Watch out for those seagulls!

The White Hart, Aldeburgh

This single-room pub packs a great atmosphere and is dog friendly too. Stay here to try their pizzas that are cooked in a wood-fired oven, the chef is Italian so they’re authentic too. Eat in or takeaway, they are definitely the best for miles around!

Places to Stay

House in the Clouds

Set in one acre of private grounds, the House in the Clouds overlooks Thorpeness Golf Course, The Meare and the sea. A stunning piece of architecture to look at which can also be rented out as holiday accommodation.


Aldeburgh Carnival

For one weekend every August Aldeburgh is transformed by the colourful carnival that attracts crowds from far and wide. Highlights include a High Street float parade and late night lantern procession which ends with a beach firework display.

Music by the Sea

On Aldeburgh seafront every year there is a FREE live music concert which raises money for charity. This year’s theme is ‘Music through the Decades’. Hosted opposite the White Lion Hotel which provides food and drinks to buy, it really is a great family night out.

On the Beach

Aldeburgh Shell

On Aldeburgh beach is a striking sculpture of a scallop, measuring four meters high. The phrase “I hear those voices that will not be drowned” (from Peter Grimes) is pierced through the steel, to be read against the sky. It was designed by Suffolk born Maggi Hambling and made by Aldeburgh craftsmen Sam and Dennis Pegg.

Aldeburgh lifeboat station

The Aldeburgh lifeboat station is located slightly north of the town on the beach. On Carnival day in the morning you can watch the lifeboat complete a display with one of the area’s rescue helicopters.

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