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Britons looking to take a UK seaside holiday are spoiled for choice. There are plenty of fantastic resort towns around the country, but one has everything holidaymakers may want, and more.

The Suffolk town of Aldeburgh is world famous for its association with Benjamin Britten.

Holidaymakers flock to the Aldeburgh Festival every June to experience classical music and arts.

But Aldeburgh is a fantastic town to visit at any time of the year.

From golfing and yachting to eating some of the best fish and chips in the country, Aldeburgh has something for everyone.

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On Tripadvisor, Sam F said: “A lovely little town to visit, beautifully clean and not dragged into the seaside tat type of thing.

“Very traditional, pebble beach so not a bucket and spade place. You have to take a look at the shell sculpture on the beach but then walk along the prom and into town past the huts selling fresh fish and the little fishing boats.

“The centre of town has a great Victorian boating lake for the kids and is just old fashioned and quaint. The best kept war memorial I have seen in many a year which is just a lovely thing to see.”

It would be impossible to go to Aldeburgh and not spend time on the beach.

The sand and shingle beach is backed by a number of historic buildings.

Aldeburgh Museum is located in the Tudor Moot Hall and promises to tell Britons how “the town became a thriving fishing and shipbuilding centre”, before turning into a “seaside resort and artists’ retreat”.

Jean P said: “It is one of the best, albeit small museums I have visited, the information on Aldeburgh and surrounding areas is excellent and the interactive material very interesting.”

The Martello Tower are the fortifications built against Napoleon in the 19th century.

Holidaymakers can now stay in one of the old military defence tower, which has been turned into a holiday rental.

The Grade II listed Beach Lookout and Art House welcomes an artist in residence each week and is a great place to take in some art.

On the beach, Maggi Hambling’s sculpture celebrating Benjamin Britten, The Scallop, attracts visitors and divides locals.

Benjamin Britten is celebrated all over Aldeburgh, and holidaymakers interested in the most famous resident of the town can head to the Red House, now the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Mark T said: “Amazingly peaceful place!

“You don’t need to know anything about Benjamin Britten or his music to love the Red House.

“A really amazing home and possibly one of the most peaceful gardens I’ve ever experienced.”

The composer is buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul’s, which also has a stained-glass window designed in his memory.

Besides the beach and Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh’s claim to fame is fish and chips.

The Cooney family has been feeding locals and tourists since the 70s and is said to make the best fish and chips on the East Coast.

Tripadvisor user Nastame wrote: “Simply the best.

“I’ve been buying fish and chips here off and on for many years. I can honestly say that I’ve never had a bad meal, all have been verging on the excellent. These people certainly know the batter and make the best of chips.”

 

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