Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast is a small town, traditionally a fishing town, which
has become a popular place to take a holiday. Aldeburgh is still very much a fishing town, with
boats lined up along the beach, and small huts where the fishermen sell their catch. One of the main
reasons Aldeburgh is so popular is the lack of seaside based entertainment provided to keep
people happy. If amusements and fairgrounds are more your thing, head on up to Great Yarmouth - about
40 miles to the north. If, however, you'd like some peace & quiet, and maybe a pint at one of the
Adnams pubs, Aldeburgh is the place to go.
Taking a walk along Aldeburgh beach
On a recent trip to Aldeburgh, we parked a couple of miles up the road in Thorpeness and took a coastal walk into Aldeburgh.
Thorpeness is well worth visiting when on holiday in this part of Suffolk. There are a few cafes and teashops; and
the huge Meare. You can take a rowing boat out and explore the Meare; to call the Meare a boating lake would
do it an injustice - although, technically, that is exactly what it is. This vast expanse of water has a number of
islands to navigate - and places to dock too. Don't worry about the children though (worry a bit obviously), Thorpeness Meare
is only a few feet deep.
The views of Thorpeness from the beach at Aldeburgh
The walk from Thorpeness to Aldeburgh is about 2 miles - a coast road runs between the two towns, but where's the fun in driving. Should you not feel
energetic enough for the walk, the drive takes about 45 seconds.
As you enter Aldeburgh, the fishing boats and shacks appear along the edge of the beach. This is the place to get your fresh locally
The fishing boats and huts on the beach at Aldeburgh
As you follow the path, the town and main high street run parallel to the coast. As you come to the end of the coastal path there
is a Martello Tower in front of you; the video
below shows the beach at the southern end of Aldeburgh, with the Martello tower (looking a little like a sand castle) being
At this point we took a quick u-turn and walked back through the high street.
Aldeburgh High Street
Running parallel to the coast, Aldeburgh's high street has a few shops, cafes and restaurants. It's also quite a busy place to be on
a sunny day! The main reason we could convince our 10 year-old to walk from the Thorpeness though is to be found in the high street, or, to
be specific, the two main reasons: first of all was the visit to the world famous (OK, maybe not world famous, but quite famous)
Aldeburgh Fish & Chip shop. Followed on by a visit to
the Ice Cream Parlour.
I like to think that the calories put on with the fish & chip and ice-cream combo were burnt off with the walk from Thorpeness, and back again.
Try some of those splendid ice-creams in Aldeburgh
Staying in Aldebugh
Should you fancy staying in Aldeburgh for a few days, you'll find plenty of holiday cottages in the area. There are a whole host below, but we did stumble on
a couple during our walk around town. The first is
Fairfield Cottage, which is located in a row of Victorian
cottages, just off the southern end of the high street - and within easy access of the shops, cafes, and beach. Fairfield Cottage sleeps 4 people. For a larger holiday cottage,
we spotted The Pink House at the northern end of the high street.
The Pink House sleeps 10 people, so is better for those wanting to get away with friends and family; it's also a short walk to the facilities and amenities of Aldeburgh's
If the thought of a villa holiday sounds good - but you've got children in tow, have a look at villa resorts which combine the advantages of having your own villa with the advantages of a resort's facilities.
Find a selection of holiday cottage in Beccles, Suffolk. The cottages of Riverside House, Butterfield House, Northgate Bakery, Honeysuckle Cottage and Burnt Hill House all have a video showing their location in Beccles.
Try a villa holiday in Europe and the Mediterranean during March, April and May. James Villas Spring Holidays is the place to look - and if you get in early enough you could get a bargain in the James Villa Holidays Half Price Sale.
Located next to the beach and surrounded by the Lagoa dos Salgados Lagoon and nature reserve, Vidamar Algarve Resort is a villa resort with holiday villas sleeping between 4 and 8 people. All villas at Vidamar Algarve Resort have their own pool.
A fabulous day out, the Falkirk Wheel links the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal. You have a variety of attractions at the Falkirk Wheel, including an Archimedes Screw, hire a cycle, paddle boats, or just a nice walk.
See the sights from the top of the Nevis Range in Scotland. Take a gondola up the mountain, and get some views from the Sgurr Finnisg-aig view point. You can always cycle down too - or take the cable car back down again.
How about a family holiday in the sun? The Balearic Islands make a lovely location for a holiday. We were recently fortunate enough to spend a few days at the all-inclusive resort of Marina Parc on Menorca. Close to the beach at Arenal d'en Castell, Marina Parc also comes with its own water park.
Great Yarmouth has an abundance of seaside attractions to keep both young and old occupied. For something a little calmer, how about a walk round The Venetian Waterways at Great Yarmouth. This peaceful waterway makes a glorious location to wander around.