Founded as a Tudor port by Henry VIII, coastal Aldeburgh has a rich shipbuilding heritage. Today the arty town of Aldeburgh has a thriving cultural scene, and is an exceptional location for a family beach holiday, romantic getaway or trip with friends, with a wide choice of historic holiday cottages and beachside accommodation. Located in the heart of the Suffolk Coastal District, within the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, it’s the perfect base for exploring local quirky and historic towns, such as Thorpeness, Orford and Snape.
Take in the whole town, by starting a walk at the historic Martello Tower in the south and walking along the bustling high street with its pubs, award-winning fish and chips, hipster cafes and art galleries. Keep going past the coloured 19th century seaside villas of the beach promenade, the most popular Aldeburgh holiday cottages, and continue all the way to Maggie Hambling’s Scallop sculpture, a majestic piece of art at the northern end of the beach.
Dog-walkers and nature lovers will enjoy walking the windswept and wild Orford Ness spit which links to the south of the town.
Be sure to book your holiday cottage accommodation early if you plan on visiting in June, when the historic Aldeburgh Music Festival is held in the nearby Snape Maltings, or in May when the town hosts its own Literary Festival.
Aldeburgh holiday cottages vary from traditional fisherman’s houses in central locations, to large, elegant houses with beach views along the waterfront. Discover dog-friendly accommodation and self-catering options that are perfect for families, all just a short walk from the beach and the vibrant town centre. Located out of Aldeburgh's centre in the surrounding villages and hamlets, are a variety of large holiday cottages, in both modern and period houses, including luxury holiday accommodation with spa and sport facilities.