Boasting breathtaking views seawards and along the River Alde inland towards Orford, Aldeburgh was an important Tudor port whose shipbuilders were responsible for Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind.
There are plenty of reminders of its history in the beautiful buildings that have survived the centuries, such as the 400-year old Moot Hall, Norman church and a Martello tower, built as a defence against Napoleon. But today the town is best-known as a year-round favourite for upmarket shopping, fine dining and contemporary culture.
There’s a wealth of artistic inspiration and interpretation in and around Aldeburgh. Take a stroll along the shingle beach towards Thorpeness and see what you make of Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture. And no visit here would be complete without a trip to nearby Snape Maltings, home of the world-famous Concert Hall. Aldeburgh was the home of composer Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears; every June a classical music festival, founded in 1948 by the two along with Eric Crozier, takes place at this lovingly converted venue.
For a real breath of fresh air, follow in the footsteps of the ancient seafarers who used to ply their trade along this part of the coast – legend has it that when their boats got stuck in the Snape Maltings mud at low tide, the sailors would have to abandon their craft and head back to their Aldeburgh homes on foot, a six-mile stroll along what is now known as the Sailors’ Path.