Moot Hall, Aldeburgh.jpg
The Moot Hall
Aldeburgh is located in Suffolk
Aldeburgh shown within Suffolk
Population2,466 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTM463566
Civil parish
  • Aldeburgh
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtIP15
Dialling code01728
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°09′N 1°36′E / 52°09′N 1°36′E / 52.15; 1.6

Aldeburgh (ə/ AWL-bər-ə) is a coastal town in the English county of Suffolk. Located on the North Sea coast to the north of the River Alde, the town was the home of the composer Benjamin Britten and has been the centre of the international Aldeburgh Festival of arts at nearby Snape Maltings, founded by Britten in 1948.[2] It remains an artistic and literary centre, with an annual Poetry Festival, along with several food festivals and other cultural events.[2] A former Tudor port, Aldeburgh was granted borough status in 1529 by Henry VIII. Its historic buildings include a 16th-century moot hall and a Napoleonic-era Martello Tower.

Second homes make up about a third of the town's residential property.[3] It is a tourist destination, with visitors attracted by its Blue Flag shingle beach and fisherman huts, where fresh fish are sold daily, by Aldeburgh Yacht Club, and by its cultural attractions. Two family-run fish and chip shops are cited as being among the best in the country.[4]


Aldeburgh is the bottom-right settlement depicted in this 1588 map
Aldeburgh is the bottom-right settlement depicted in this 1588 map

Alde Burgh means "old fort" although this structure, along with much of the Tudor town, has now been lost to the sea. In the 16th century, Aldeburgh was a leading port, and had a flourishing ship-building industry. The flagship of the Virginia Company, the Sea Venture is believed to have been built here in 1608. Aldeburgh's importance as a port declined as the River Alde silted up and larger ships could no longer berth. It survived mainly as a fishing village until the 19th century, when it also became a seaside resort. Much of its distinctive and whimsical architecture derives from that period. The river is now home to a yacht club and a sailing club.

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