Aldeburgh is one of the most charming old seaside towns on the Suffolk coast, a haven of pretty streets lined with pastel coloured cottages, little galleries and boutiques, and nice cafes and fish shops. There’s also a pleasing arc of Blue Flag, albeit shingle, beach, perfect for windswept strolling. The best places to stay in Aldeburgh offer charming views out over the ocean and have a proper seaside holiday feel.
Aldeburgh is close to the Royal Society for Protection of Birds sanctuary in Minsmere, which is famously home to the rare bittern, among many different species.
The town itself has several impressive sights, the Grade I listed Moot Hall, which has been used for council meetings for over 400 years, and also now houses a town museum, and the Martello Tower, built to resist the Napoleonic invasion, are probably the most fascinating.
Many might know Aldeburgh for its annual arts festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, which was created by the town’s most famous resident Benjamin Britten.
The best places to say in Aldeburgh are understandably busy during the peak summer months, so get organised and book early.
Aldeburgh, Suffolk and Essex
Traditional seaside hotel with regular fans and a timeless appeal, with seaviews and gardens and a terrace in front of a shingle beach. Comfortably unhip.