Aldeburgh - An Introduction
Britten’s relation with Suffolk, and Aldeburgh in particular, was a long and happy one. Having returned to the county he was born and grew up in, he decided to buy the Old Mill at Snape as early as 1937, where he begun to sketch what would become his career break-through, the opera Peter Grimes.
In 1947, then, Britten and his partner, Peter Pears moved into Crag House, Crabbe Street in the charming, small fishing town of Aldeburgh and, in November 1957, into The Red House which was to be their home until their deaths in 1976 and 1986 respectively.
Today, the Red House is maintained by the Britten–Pears Foundation . In June 2013 the site will re-open after a major redevelopment . Visitors will be able to see where Britten composed, tour the house he shared with Pears, browse a fascinating new exhibition, carry out research in a new Archive Centre, or just enjoy the gardens.
Self-guided trails through Aldeburgh take you around places associated with Britten and his operas, or venues of the world-famous Aldeburgh Festival that he founded – and, on the way, you will find many places that invite you in to sample the delicious local food, or in fact stay on as their guest.
Aldeburgh’s Fish and Chips are rightly famous, and taking your meal to the beach is an experience you shouldn’t miss; however, restaurants and hotels are of outstanding quality and far better value than anything near London – so the smart thing to do is stay here and rather travel ‘into town’ for a day…