Aldeburgh is a good base from which to explore this part of Suffolk. We provide maps and details of walks both starting from the town or a short drive away. Aldeburgh has inspired many authors, poets and musicians, most notably Benjamin Britten. The annual Aldeburgh Music Festival which he co-founded in 1947 attracts visitors from all over the world. The August carnival is a big draw, as is September's annual Food & Drink Festival.
Aldeburgh has two good independent book shops and a thriving independent cinema. Local fishermen sell their freshly caught and locally-smoked fish from stalls on the beach.
Mariner's Loft is a short walk (5 minutes) from Aldeburgh beach. A walk along the beach to Thorpeness will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, passing the fishermen's huts on Aldeburgh seafront and Maggi Hambling's Scallop sculpture dedicated to Benjamin Britten.
Other good walks include the Sailor's Path to Snape or the old railway path to Leiston. We provide maps and guides for these and many other outings.
The nearest railway station is Saxmundham. There is an hourly bus service from Saxmundham to Aldeburgh (xx:23) until 19:20 but sadly this does not co-incide with the arrival of trains from London, which arrive at xx:40. There are however local taxi firms. Taxi fare from Saxmundham to Aldeburgh for 2-4 people is about £12.00.
A list of taxi operators and other public transport information can be found here.
There are no bus services at all serving Aldeburgh on Sundays.
Dunwich, 12 miles, 25 minutes
Halesworth, 17 miles, 35 minutes
Minsmere, 8.5 miles, 20 minutes
Snape, 6 miles, 10 - 12 minutes
Southwold, 18 miles, 35 minutes
Woodbridge, 18 miles, 30 minutes
In addition to the fish sellers on the seafront there is a fishmongers / organic greengrocers with an attached cafe. Lawson's Delicatessen is opposite Mariner's Loft, providing home cooked food from local ingredients.
Aldeburgh has seven cafés / restaurants, all but Prezzo being independent, plus take-aways and (of course) Aldeburgh Fish & Chips (2 shops).
Aldeburgh has numerous opportunities for coffee but, so far, no national chains.
There is a thriving Cinema with comfortable seating and a new digital projector.
Programmes and menus are provided for ease of reference.