A guide to Aldeburgh

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  • 1.
    Its name comes from ‘Alde Burgh’ meaning “old fort” and the town’s history is closely linked to the changes time and Mother Nature have wrought to the coastal map.
  • 2.
    Aldeburgh was once an important Tudor port and its shipbuilders were responsible for Francis Drake’s ‘Golden Hind’.
  • 3.
    Aldeburgh didn’t become established as a seaside resort until the 19th Century, when the growth in popularity for visiting beaches and taking in the sea air lead to large numbers of visitors returning to the area.

Aldeburgh Area

Aldeburgh, a seaside town on the North Sea Coast of England was founded in 1948. Known for its pebble beach and pastel-lined 19th Century villas along the promenade. The Aldeburgh festival takes place in June every year.

Surrounding Villages

  • Thorpeness
    Westerfield is a village in Suffolk, England. It is situated just north of the centre of Ipswich. The village is served with its own railway station with a direct line into Ipswich town.
  • Aldringham
    Tuddenham St Martin is a village within the Suffolk countryside, just outside Ipswich, on the River Fynn. The village sits between Playford and Westerfield where the nearest railway station can be found.
  • Leiston
    Witnesham is a village to the north of Ipswich, Suffolk. It is surrounded by farmland and near the source of the River Fynn.


  • Shopping
    Shopping opportunities in Aldeburgh are excellent, with the village being home to many cute and colourful independently owned shops. Visitors always comment that it is very refreshing to see a distinct lack of the standard high street chains which you will find in other towns and cities across the UK.
  • Eating

    Fish & Chips

    A visit to Aldeburgh is not complete without a visit to one of its award-winning fish and chip shops – The Golden Galleon, The Upper Deck and Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop. Owned by the same family, all three produce some of the best fish and chips in the country.

    Regatta Restaurant

    Well-established venue with a focus on local seafood, with seaside-chic decor and own smokehouse.

    The Wentworth Hotel

    Elegant rooms and dining with sea views.

    The Lighthouse

    Restaurant open for morning coffee/lunch/dinner, with outdoor tables and an emphasis on local fish.

    Butley Orford, Oysterage

    Long-running, no-frills eatery with its own smokehouse, offering local oysters and fresh seafood.

  • Drinking

    The White Hart

    Located on the High Street, this popular pub serves food as well as Adnams ales. The pub serves food, has a pizzeria and you can also take your fish and chips into the garden to eat if you buy a drink.

    The Dolphin

    Located down the road in picturesque Thorpeness with its meare, pebble beach and quaint shops, The Dolphin has a relaxed atmosphere and is a popular place to eat and drink.

    The Plough and Sail

    Located in nearby Snape Maltings is a country dining pub, serving modern British cuisine and dishes influenced from around the world made with quality, seasonal ingredients. Also has a range of draught lagers and ales.