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  • Things to do in Aldeburgh Suffolk

Things to do in Aldeburgh

With its stunning sunsets, wide skies and breathtaking scenery, Suffolk is an county of incredible beauty. There are a wealth of places to visit in Suffolk, including pretty villages and market towns including Aldeburgh with its exclusive boutiques and antique shops. And we’re not short on history either with churches, castles, historic houses and Anglo-Saxon burial sites to explore.
From golf to horse-riding or llama trekking, bird-watching to rambling, cycling to sailing, there are plenty of things to do to stimulate the mind and soul alike.

Rich in culture and possessing a proud association with the arts, it is a part of the country which effortlessly inspires discovery and creativity, results of which can be found in the works of many distinguished writers, artists and musicians. June sees the annual Aldeburgh Festival take place while there are many other music and arts events that take place throughout the year.

There is so much to do and see during your short break in Suffolk. Click here for our handy 24 hours in Aldeburgh Travel Guide.

Click here to find out about hotel events.

For full details on what Aldeburgh has to offer visit Aldeburgh Breaks.

Click here to find out more about The Suffolk Coast.

Tours of Historic Glemham Hall

Just 15 minutes' drive from the White Lion Hotel is Glemham Hall, an elegant, red brick Elizabethan mansion surrounded by 300 acres of parkland.

The 3,000 acre estate now hosts a variety of events throughout the year including a country fair, open air opera and theatre and special guided tours of the house by the owner, Major Philip Hope-Cobbold and his wife Raewyn. The two-hour tours include the house, private apartments and the Garden and cost £15, including refreshments.

To book call the Mercury Theatre booking line 01206 573948.

Food Safari Events in Suffolk

Food Safari runs food events and workshops that give you behind-the-scenes access to some of Suffolk's best loved food and drinks producers. We specialise in 'Field to Fork' days combining farm walks or fishing trips, wild food forays, butchery and cookery workshops, and fabulous feasts.

Heritage Coast

The breathtaking Heritage Coast is a region of conservation and much is classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty. With miles of walks and cycle trails there are lots of things to do in Suffolk to enjoy the great outdoors. The county is home to an abundance of birds and wildlife, and the RSPB’s flagship reserve, Minsmere, is situated nearby making it the perfect place for birdwatchers.

Aldeburgh Cinema

Screening films since 1919 Aldeburgh Cinema is a thriving venue, offering an eclectic and exciting range of films throughout the year. The cinema breathes history retaining a number of original features, including a number of beautiful art deco lights.

For a full list of film and opera screenings, please visit Aldeburgh Cinema.

Iceni Tours

Iceni Tours We specialise in tailor-made, chauffeur driven, door-to-door, guided tours of Suffolk's glorious Heritage Coast and its Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Our 8 hour, day long tours are perfect for the first time visitor as well as for those who holiday here regularly and think they know Suffolk. If you live here and have visitors from elsewhere in Britain, or especially from overseas, get in touch with Iceni Tours and let us give you and your guests a golden opportunity to see what Suffolk really has to offer. Click here to find out more about Suffolk coast guided tours

RSPB Minsmere

The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment.

We are the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over one million members. Wildlife and the environment face many threats. Our work is focussed on the species and habitats that are in the greatest danger. View more about RSPB Minsmere.

Golf at Thorpeness

For outstanding golf in Suffolk, visit Thorpeness Golf Club. This Suffolk golf course is only a 4 minute drive (40 minute walk) from the White Lion Hotel and is located on the stunning heritage coastline, boasting one of the most picturesque and enjoyable golf courses in Suffolk. We must admit, this is the perfect place for golf sport lovers.

Playable all year round, over the last three years on average, the course has been open for 360 days per year. Find out more about green fees.

If you've built up an appetite, you can enjoy a hearty snack or meal served in the relaxed setting of the Bar or terrace.

Boating on Thorpeness Meare

Just 3 minutes drive (30 minutes walk) from the White Lion Hotel is the Meare at Thorpeness. Open every day from 8:30am until the end of the October half-term. There is no need to book. The Meare is a beautiful place to take a loved one for a romantic trip or a family for a fun day out on a rowing boat, kayak, canoe, punt, dinghy or sailing boat. With over 100 boats for hire, there's something for everyone. Nowhere is the Meare more than three feet deep.


Snape is a small village in the English county of Suffolk, on the River Alde close to Aldeburgh. Snape is now best known for Snape Maltings, no longer in commercial use, but converted into a tourist centre together with a concert hall that hosts the major part of the annual Aldeburgh Music Festival.

Snape Maltings is a unique collection of home and kitchenware shops, galleries, a book shop, Samphire clothing & accessories, Little Rascals childrens’ shop, food hall, tea shop, café and public house, which fill the Victorian Malthouses. Enjoy the monthly farmers markets, river trips and RSPB guided walks along the Alde Estuary. Open daily from 10am. Free car parking.

Tennis at Thorpeness Country Club

Thorpeness Country Club has a strong history of excellent tennis. Boasting six hard courts and a further three grass courts in the summer. It offers a safe, fun and when you want it, competitive environment. So bring along your racquets.

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