Aldeburgh

Britain is world renowned for many different reasons, although when it comes to towns, some are purely famous because of their connections with well-known figures, and Aldeburgh in Suffolk is no exception. This traditional seaside town has strong connections with Suffolk born composer and conductor Benjamin Britten, who co-founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival, and is also responsible for the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Music and culture is one reason why Aldeburgh stands out among its coastal neighbours in Suffolk, but it isn’t the only thing that recommends the town. There’s a pebble beach, and fishermans hut, which if you arrive at the right time, may be selling the daily catch. You’ll also find holiday villas along the promenade, a cinema which has been screening films since 1924, and a host of independent shops and galleries, which sit alongside a small selection of familiar shopping brands, such as Fat Face, and co-op supermarkets. If you choose this town for a seaside home, you’ll be able to experience some of the best in independent shopping, from clothes stores, to local food outlets. There is the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop, a good selection of deli’s, a butcher, bakery, and the Aldeburgh Market. The market sells the best in local produce, and has a restaurant, so is a must if you are looking for fresh fish, other seafood, and vegetables.

You will have to travel further afield if you are looking for familiar supermarket brand names, high street clothing stores, a larger choice of well-known retailers, and entertainment options such as nightclubs, bowling alleys, and leisure centres. Aldeburgh is well connected to the East Anglian road network though, so you’ll be less than an hour from a major town for example. It takes approximately 48 minutes to get to Ipswich, or 50 minutes to get to Felixstowe. Stowmarket is just over an hour away by car, while towns such as Needham Market and Woodbridge, are also easily commutable.  Because of good road links from/to East Suffolk, you can also travel to Essex towns such as Colchester in less than 2 hours, so there are plenty of options for travel from Aldeburgh for work as well, and you will find many locals commute.

National Express East Anglia can also get you into London by train in around 2 hours. The journey is via Ipswich, with Saxmundham, the nearest station, just a short drive from Aldeburgh. There are also bus services, such as several to Ipswich, and Leiston, though it’s worth checking the frequency of these, and pre-booking evening taxi journeys.

Employment opportunities are varied closer to home in the Suffolk coastal area. There is a mix of small and rural businesses here, along with some larger employers. Adastral Park in Martlesham Heath is home to communications businesses, including a large BT research centre, while the coast also hosts Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station. There’s also Felixstowe Port, the largest container port in the UK, and tourism driven industries, which provide a good number of jobs.

All in all, Aldeburgh is something of a hotspot for homes by the sea, and like many coastal towns, attracts people because of the lifestyle available. Although houses can come at a premium, the location, easy access by car to many key towns and cities in East Anglia and the South, and the mix of tea rooms and bistros, independent shops, shingle beaches, and other facilities, still attracts plenty of people to choose a home by the sea in Aldeburgh.