Top places to live in Suffolk Aldeburgh
Craving sea views, a smart local high street and access to Suffolk's quiet countryside?. Aldeburgh should be your coastal town of choice, although you'll need deep pockets! Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
Aldeburgh has it all – stunning sea views, pastel-coloured 19th century holiday villas aplenty, a lovely coastline, a bustling high street full of independent shops and cafes and is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s slightly less of a tourist trap than its neighbour Southwold, so while expensive, you won’t find yourself paying £800,000 for the equivalent of a shed!
Aldeburgh Fish and Chip shop has been an institution on the high street since 1967 and always has long queues outside. For pub grub Adnams’ The Cross Keys is your best bet, while The Brudenell Hotel has a seafood and grill restaurant with sweeping sea views. And short of getting your feet wet the freshest fish can be found at the huts that line the beach. For the best baked goods in the British Isles (ok, we may be biased, but they’re seriously tasty!) you need to get yourself to Two Magpies Bakery, which has a branch on Aldeburgh High Street.
Aldeburgh has a thriving high street with a mix of seaside favourites like Jack Wills, Seasalt and Fatface as well as delis, cafes, art galleries, independent bookshops, clothes stores and posh gift shops. O & C Butcher, a family-owned department store has been on the high street since 1884!
Aldeburgh has strong musical links as Benjamin Britten lived here for many years, writing in his diary: “The county is grand – none in England like it – and I feel I’m infinitely wise in choosing this place…” Britten founded The Aldeburgh Festival, a huge musical event that takes place every June. Snape Maltings is at the centre of the festival and is a world-leading centre of music, regularly hosting concerts, events and exhibitions.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
£540,416 – living by the coast comes at a premium, but compared to many southern seaside towns Aldeburgh is fairly good value for money. Good estate agents in the town include Flick & Son, Bedfords, and Jennie Jones.
Saint Felix School in Southwold is an idyllically situated school that has a particularly strong swimming programme that attracts international students. A little further inland is Summerhill School, Leiston – the original democratic or ‘free’ school that provides a completely different way of approaching education for around 75 pupils. Ipswich School, which is extremely well-regarded in the area, is also easy to get to from this part of the coast.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Bill Nighy is a resident of this seaside town and we think he sums it up rather nicely – calm, creative, quirky and unique.
You wouldn’t commute daily to London from here, it’s just a bit too far out. Commuting to Ipswich is a quick 43 minutes on the A12 though and if you do need to get into the Big Smoke occasionally, it’s 57 minutes from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street.
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