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Introduction

Aldeburgh is a pretty little town on the Suffolk coast. In the 16th century, Aldeburgh was a leading port and had a thriving shipbuilding industry. It’s status as a large port declined however, partly due to the nearby river Alde silting up, which prevented larger ships from reaching the town.

It is now a popular holiday destination, and many of the properties are second homes. Visitors are attracted to the town because of its beach, historic buildings (including the Napoleonic Martello Tower and the 16th century moot hall), fisherman’s huts selling fresh fresh, and cultural events. The high street has many boutiques, independent eateries, & art galleries.

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Sights and Activities

Aldeburgh beach is one of the nicest shingle beaches to visit in Suffolk. It is lined with beautiful, very colourful old Victorian houses, and there are lovely views along the coast.

The Moot Hall (next to the boating lake in the centre of Aldeburgh) houses the Aldeburgh museum. You can visit the museum to see an interesting collection of artefacts, which date from the Roman times up until World War II.

Aldeburgh boating lake is a relaxing place to while away a summer morning or afternoon. You can sit and watch people sailing their remote control boats along the lake. If you have your own boat you can also join in (or buy one from the nearby shop in the lifeboat station).

Aldeburgh was home to the composer Benjamin Britten. If you want to learn more about him, you can visit the Red House (note this is only open from March to October).

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Events and Festivals

The Composer Benjamin Britten lived in Aldeburgh and founded the international Aldeburgh Festival of Arts, which still takes place on an annual basis each June at nearby Snape Maltings concert hall. Although the Aldeburgh Festival is predominantly focussed on classical music, it also includes visual arts exhibitions, which are curated to compliment the music programme.

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