The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh
Golf Lane
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5PY
England

Website

Britten–Pears Foundation website

www.brittenpears.org

Online guide to Britten's War Requiem

www.warrequiem.org

The Britten Trail

www.brittentrail.org

E-mail

enquiries@brittenpears.org

Telephone

01728 451700

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The exhibition at The Red House includes an audio player featuring nearly two hours of music and readings
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Here, off leafy and secluded Golf Lane, in the Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh, composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the singer Peter Pears, lived and worked. Today The Red House is the home of the Britten—Pears Foundation, which invites you to come and discover Britten's music in the place where much of it was written.

The Studio where Britten composed is open to visitors throughout the year. So too are: the Gallery, featuring an engaging exhibition for all ages; the historic Library where Britten and Pears rehearsed; and the Gardens.

The House itself is open during the summer months, presenting the domestic interiors as they were in the mid-1960s. The newest addition to the site - our award-winning Archive - is open by appointment to anyone wanting to research the uniquely comprehensive collections here at The Red House.

The Britten Trail helps visitors to Aldeburgh explore the town that inspired the composer for so much of his life. New for 2015 is a beautifully-illustrated activity book for children.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home, Museum, Archive

See also

Opening hours

Are you open all year?

Yes, the Gallery, Library, Studio and Gardens are open every Tuesday–Friday afternoon, 2–5pm from 6 January to 11 December 2015.

Do you open at weekends?

In the summer months June–September we also open every Saturday afternoon, 2-5pm.

Can I look around the House?

In the summer only. From June–September we offer house tours, self-guided-browsing and art tours for those especially interested in the art collection. Please see our website for details.


For information on how to make a research visit to our reading room, please see the related record on the Britten–Pears Archive.

Admission charges

Admission and tours (except group tours) is free, though donations are welcome.

Please note that during the peak months June - September a £5 parking charge applies (except for Blue Badge holders). During these months we recommend you park in town and take our free minibus shuttle (see website for details).

Getting there

From the A12, take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. At the roundabout past the supermarket, take the first exit: the B1122 Leiston Road. Golf Lane is the second turning on the left, directly after the 40mph speed limit ends. Users of satnav and online mapping systems beware: you may be misdirected into Linden Close, from where there is no access to our site.

Additional info

Tea, coffee and cold drinks are available, along with a selection of books, CDs and DVDs. All areas of the site are wheelchair-accessible except for Britten's studio and the first floor of the house (a virtual tour of these rooms is available at reception).

Collection details

Architecture, Music, Personalities

Getting there

From the A12, take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. At the roundabout past the supermarket, take the first exit: the B1122 Leiston Road. Golf Lane is the second turning on the left, directly after the 40mph speed limit ends. Users of satnav and online mapping systems beware: you may be misdirected into Linden Close, from where there is no access to our site.

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