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Book bed and breakfast or a holiday apartment in Aldeburgh and you won't be disappointed by this quaint seaside beauty. Either stay in Aldeburgh or Thorpeness and get a holiday rental on the coast. Aldeburgh is located on the North Sea to the north of the River Alde and it attracts all of the sailing and boating enthusiasts. Every summer they host the famous Aldeburgh Festival where locals dress up and parade along the high-street trying to win best dressed prize, so don't forget to pack your finery, and you too will be in with a chance of walking away with the grand title.
Best time to Visit:
Autumn is usually a good time to visit Suffolk as it avoids peak summer seasons whilst having a mild temperature and beautiful leaves and trees. Longest hours of daylight are in August and September if you like to optimise the daylight and spend as much time as you can sunning it up on the beach.
How to get there:
The coastal haven of Aldeburgh is the perfect destination to choose a holiday rental in Suffolk as it is easily accessible in a matter of hours from anywhere across the UK. That being said, however, as it is based in East Anglia, on the Eastern coast of England, the main road connections are not the best. From London to Suffolk the drive is simple and can take around an hour and a half with no traffic. Simply take the A12 down to the M1. From the north, we advise you to take the A14 to Bury St. Edmunds. There are many train connections if you don't fancy driving with every town having a main train station. Book in advance though for cheaper tickets as they can get ridiculously expensive.
If you want to explore the stunning Suffolk coastline, which is so beautiful, it has named an official. 'Area of Natural Beauty', then be sure to include Aldeburgh in your journey. This beautiful destination is only an hour away from the populous holiday rentals in Great Yarmouth, while it is less than 20 miles from the quaint |holiday rentals in Southwold. Wherever you are coming from, Aldeburgh is the seaside day trip you have always dreamed of.
Most people favour driving as they can transport key items like picnics, surfboards and other crucial things for the beach! In the town, walking around the cobbled streets and browsing the shops is the best way to negotiate around Aldeburgh.
Where to stay:
Book a holiday rental in the picturesque seaside town of Aldeburgh, whether it a holiday cottage, bed and breakfast or self-catered apartment there will be something for everyone. There are plenty of cottages to rent across Aldeburgh, some of which are in beautiful Suffolk barns and farms making the experience all the more local and personal. Staying in a bed and breakfast is also possible in Aldeburgh where you will get the opportunity to experience the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Either stay in the bustling town of Aldeburgh in an apartment or stay in a room to rent in Aldeburgh's neighbouring village of Thorpeness.
What to do:
No matter what the weather is, a brilliant day out is always spent outside walking and exploring the coastline of Suffolk. Create memories with friends and family whilst strolling along beautiful shore, we recommend the circular walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and loop back through the countryside. Aldeburgh's main and biggest beach is pebbly and has the infamous Scallop sculpture. This was created by Suffolk artist Maggi Hambling and people are allowed to interact with it.
Thorpeness Boating Lake, The Meare
The kids can enjoy this on their own or it can be a great family activity. There are mini islands dotted around the lake and they inspired by Peter Pan. The lake covers sixty acres and is an extremely safe boating experience. The separate islands include Wendy's home, the castle but also crocodile island where there is a wooden croc to catch you out! From kayaks, canoes and rowing boats, this is truly a wonderful summer activity to do.
A trip to Aldeburgh would not be complete without tasting its selection of freshly caught seafood. Fish and chips being the most preferred from the locals and is served in almost every pub in Aldeburgh as well as take away shops. Eat it on the beach but be wary of those hungry seagulls! The potatoes are all locally grown which adds to the natural and local environment of Aldeburgh. There is also a selection of mussels, oysters and scallops to munch on!
Aldeburgh High Street
There are some great places to indulge on some retail therapy along Aldeburgh's main high street. Shops such as Jack Wills, Tilley and Grace and Burnett & Co. all feature as well as many more.
Aldeburgh Sailing Club
This is a large thriving yacht club that caters for all aspects of sailing and boating. From lessons for beginners to weekly Saturday races the club supports a range of activities and adapts to all ages.