Fishing boats are drawn up the beach each morning and the daily catch is sold from wooden huts along the promenade, a trading point that has changed little in centuries.
The high street is an interesting mix of quintessentially English stores and trendy high street favourites, punctuated with plenty of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants in which to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
A trip Aldeburgh would not be complete without a visit to one of the two famous fish and chip shops, both in the high street and run by the same family! Drop into one of Aldeburgh’s numerous galleries, including the Look Out Tower with its program of contemporary art exhibitions and artist residencies, or wander north along the shore towards Thorpeness to find the iconic Scallop sculpture, painter Maggie Hambling’s dedication to composer Benjamin Britten.
The town has year-round appeal as an artistic and literary hub, hosting music, poetry and food festivals through the seasons. In June, Aldeburgh Music’s Aldeburgh Festival runs regular shuttles to their fringe venue, the Pumphouse. The town is particularly buzzy in August, with the annual Aldeburgh Yacht Club Regatta, a traditional street carnival, and a twilight, Chinese lantern parade through the town that finishes on the beach with a spectacular fireworks display.
Not only is the beach popular with residents and tourists, for paddling, swimming and picnics, it's a favourite with anglers too, who head south of the town to Slaughden End. (The very deep water in this area offers a good chance of catching cod, whiting and the occasional dogfish!).
The approach roads to Aldeburgh pass through vast open agricultural fields, becoming sandy heathland as you near the town. Golfing enthusiasts can enjoy a round at Aldeburgh Golf Club, which sits up on the heathland with far reaching views south across the River Alde towards Iken.
Why not stay in one of our holiday cottages and soak up the blend of leisure and culture this piece of the Suffolk Coast has to offer?