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Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and surrounding area

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Located on the River Alde and hugging the great Suffolk coastline, Aldeburgh has a unique and timeless appeal, making it a wonderful place to visit all year round. Classic seaside furniture dots across the sea front, as fisherman huts selling the daily catch look over the Blue Flag shingle beach.

A popular weekend destination, with a large population of holiday and second home properties, Aldeburgh boasts an array of attractions, from the ancient Moot Hall, Napoleonic-era Martello tower to the south, sheltered yachting marina and what is often cited as the best fish and chip shop in the UK.

Arguably the most famous piece of architecture lies on the Aldeburgh beach, a short walk from the town centre. The Scallop, a giant stainless steel scallop shell proudly overlooks the North Sea, and was created by Suffolk based artist Maggi Hambling in dedication to the area’s most famous local, and great 20th Century composer, Benjamin Britten.


A beautiful coastal village with a population of a little over 400 people, that almost quadruples during the summer months with holiday makers flocking to the area. With many popular destinations, such as the Thorpeness Golf and Country Club, overlooking the nearby coast and Meare, visitors are certainly spoilt with fantastic outdoor scenery.

Holidaymakers and residents alike can enjoy a number of local activities and attractions, from boating on the stunning Meare to exploring the fine collections and antiques at Thorpeness Emporium. The village also plays host to one of East Anglia’s most popular and beautiful golf courses. The classic British heathland course at Thorpeness Golf and Country club was designed by five-time Open champion and legendary golf course architect, James Braid, and is a real attraction of the area.

Thorpeness also boasts fantastic coastal holiday accommodation, including a 36 bedroom hotel at the local golf and country club. Make sure you also keep an eye out for a house in the clouds…


A small village located on the River Alde and a short distance further inland from nearby Aldeburgh, Snape boasts a proud history stretching back some 2000 years to the days of ancient Roman occupation. Internationally recognised through its connection to Benjamin Britten, the village can also be credited to pioneering two agricultural revolutions.

Early inhabitants and settlements in and around Snape were built on the successful salt trade generated from the banks of the River Alde. When the Anglo-Saxons arrived, Snape achieved a greater significance as a burial place for rulers of East Anglia. Excavations to date have uncovered many graves and two boat burials.

The village’s most popular tourist attraction today is Snape Maltings, home to many independent shops including home interiors, clothing, book stores and galleries. With many great local food offerings, such as Café 1885 and the Granary Tea Shop, as well as an abundance of stunning walking routes, Snape is a highly attractive proposition for visitors to the Suffolk coast.


An attractive costal town situated on the bank of the River Ore, around five miles from the estuary mouth. Surrounded by many acres of Forestry Commission property and farm land, the area lies within the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With a bustling quay where visitors can take peaceful boat trips on the Alde river to Aldeburgh and Shingle Street, the town also boasts an array of other attractions, untouched by the modern era. The 12th Century Orford Castle, commissioned by Henry II is a major visitor destination, with famous seafood smokehouses, a traditional post office selling fresh bread, an award-winning artisan bakery, pubs and a restaurant adding further appeal for tourists.

The village has a population of around 600 residents, with many second home owners in the area and holiday makers fluctuating figures during the summer months. Orford was recently named as one of the top 101 Best Places to Live in Britain, by the Sunday Times.
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