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in the county of Suffolk

Aldeburgh Lifeboat
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About Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh is a seaside retreat with boundless charm. The history of the resort quite possibly reaches back to Saxon times, certainly during the Middle Ages it was a prosperous port and later it became known as a fishing centre. During the 19th-century the railways brought tourists and the town began to flourish as a resort.

Part of Aldeburgh's fascination is that it has managed to remain almost unaltered for decades, and just a short distance from its shingle beach on the beautiful Suffolk Heritage coast, there is a feast of lovely old properties, some dating back to the 16th-century. The Moot Hall is not to be missed, it was built in 1512 and now houses a small museum. In the town's 15th-century church dedicated to St.Peter and St.Paul, there is a memorial window and a bust commemorating one of Aldeburgh's celebrated sons' - the poet George Crabbe who was born in the town in 1754. His poem 'The Borough' dramatically recalls the harsh life of Suffolk coastal folk in Crabbe's day. Benjamin Brittain, who came to the town and stayed, used this poem as the basis for his famous opera, Peter Grimes. It was Brittain who started the world acclaimed Aldeburgh Festival of Music which is now held at nearby Snape in a grand concert venue developed out of disused Maltings. Snape Maltings is exceptional, not only does it have the concert hall but the complex includes shops, boutiques, art and antique galleries and restaurants.

Aldeburgh is a bustling little place where you can purchase fresh fish on the unspoilt sea front whilst enjoying a delightful stroll drinking in the quiet atmosphere and admiring the endless flow of colourful fishing boats, smart yachts and sea-sport enthusiasts.
Though on a smaller scale, there still exists a thriving fishing industry, and the visitor can take pleasure in seeing old fishing huts and working boats bringing in their catch in from the sea. The Royal National Lifeboat Station makes an interesting visit, it's main attraction is the famous Aldeburgh Lifeboat.

Away from the beach there are delightful shops to browse and pleasant restaurants featuring fresh fish and seafood. For those who prefer a more traditional seaside special, there is an excellent fish and chip shop. The town hosts a number of year round events these include a colourful annual carnival which culminates in a twilight lantern procession and a beachside firework display.

South of Slaughden Quay, you can see the Martello tower, this was the last in a chain of defences built against Napoleon in the 1800's.

Along this part of the Suffolk Heritage coast there is a host of interesting coastal villages, each with much to offer - these include Thorpness with its lovely Mere, water-tower and windmill, and Orford which has an 800 year old castle.

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(4.8 miles, 7.7 km, direction N)

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(5.3 miles, 8.6 km, direction SW)

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Seascape in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England


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Seascape offers accommodation in Aldeburgh. The property is 33 km from Ipswich and free private parking is available. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property....
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Ivy Cottage in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Ivy Cottage

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England (0.2 miles, 0.4 km)
Ivy Cottage is a semi-detached holiday home set in Aldeburgh in the Suffolk Region and is 32 km from Ipswich. The unit is 20 km from Southwold. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. The unit...
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Sanibel Cottage in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Sanibel Cottage

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England (0.3 miles, 0.5 km)
Sanibel Cottage is a holiday home is set in Aldeburgh and is 32 km from Ipswich. The unit is 20 km from Southwold. There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with an oven, a toaster and refrigerat...
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2 Coastguard Court in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

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Poplars in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England


Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England (0.8 miles, 1.3 km)
Situated 33 km from Ipswich and 50 km from Great Yarmouth, Poplars offers accommodation in Aldeburgh. It provides free private parking. An oven and a toaster can be found in the kitchen and there is ...
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The Butchers Arms Freehouse in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

The Butchers Arms Freehouse

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England (1.5 miles, 2.5 km, direction NW)
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