The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh
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The Red House is the former home of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and his partner the tenor Peter Pears (1910-1986). Hidden away by the golf course on the edge of the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk, the site is cherished by music-lovers worldwide as the setting for one of the greatest and most enduring creative partnerships of the last century.

Britten and Pears moved from their home on Crag Path in Aldeburgh to The Red House in November 1957. The composer eventually commented in a letter to Edith Sitwell that it was ‘alas, away from the sea, but thankfully away from the gaping faces... It is a lovely house, with a big garden all round...’

Come and enjoy the peaceful setting that Britten and Pears considered their retreat from their busy schedules of composing, concerts and recordings at home and abroad.

What's here:

Gallery
An engaging exhibition that brings Britten’s music to life. Suitable for all ages.

Library
A beautiful, evocative space where Britten rehearsed and entertained.

The Red House
Walk through Britten and Pears’ home and enjoy the eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary styles and their stunning art collection.

Composition Studio
The creative heart of the site where Britten composed his music.

Gardens
Extensive grounds with lawns and borders awash with colour and with peaceful places to sit. Bring a picnic and play croquet and other outdoor games during the summer holidays.

The Archive
Home to one of the UK’s most important centres for music research. Open by appointment to researchers Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm. Visitors are welcome to drop in duringweekday opening hours.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Museum, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site, Archive

See also

Opening hours

Thursday 1 March – Sunday 28 October

Gallery, Library, Composition Studio and Gardens
Tuesday to Sunday, 1-5pm (House open 2.30pm). Last admission 4pm.

Red House Tours (includes upstairs)
Daily 40 minute guided tour, 2pm. Booking in advance is recommended.

Aldeburgh Festival (Friday 8 - Sunday 24 June)
• The whole site is open daily from 11am - 4pm.
• There are no Red House guided tours during the Festival.

Bank Holidays
We are closed on bank holidays throughout the year.

Admission charges

Site admission: £5.50 (valid for one year)
Under 16s: free
Art Fund: £2.75 on presentation of National Art Pass
Red House Tours: £2.50 (+ site admission charge)

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
Getting there

From the A12, take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. At the roundabout past the supermarkets, take the first exit then follow the brown signs.

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 the Composition Studio and the first floor of the House (a virtual tour of these rooms is available at reception).

Collection details

Architecture, Music, Personalities

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Early Philip Sutton

  • 1 March — 28 October 2018 *on now

The first sale of one of Philip Sutton’s pictures through a commercial gallery was in 1955 to Peter Pears, who was initially drawn to Sutton’s rich and vibrant colour palate. In total Pears and Britten collected seven oil paintings by Sutton and these will be displayed together for the first time in Britten’s Library. The story of the connection between Pears, Britten and Sutton will be illustrated further with drawings and correspondence from the Britten-Pears Foundation archive.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Site admission: £5.50 (valid for one year)
Under 16s: free
Art Fund: £2.75 on presentation of National Art Pass

Website

https://brittenpears.org/visit/whats-on/early-philip-sutton/

Artists as Emigrants

  • 1 March — 28 October 2018 *on now

A new display, plus a talk on 10 March, showcasing fascinating works by artists who chose to leave their homeland and establish themselves in another country. Taking its lead from the themes of Britten in America, this exhibition from the Britten-Pears Foundation collection explores what inspiration artists find in a new land, and what they retain from the old.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Site admission: £5.50 (valid for one year)
Under 16s: free
Art Fund: £2.75 on presentation of National Art Pass

Website

https://brittenpears.org/visit/whats-on/artists-as-emigrants/

Britten in America

Britten in America

  • 1 March — 28 October 2018 *on now

In this year’s exhibition we follow in Britten’s footsteps and take a trip to America. Between 1939-1942 Britten lived and worked in the USA, writing some of his most fascinating works including Sinfonia da Requiem and his first stage work Paul Bunyan. While achieving great professional success, and living with some remarkable people, homesickness and concern for family in wartime England eventually drew him back to Suffolk where he remained for the rest of his life.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5.50 (valid for one year)
Under 16s: free
£2.75 to National Art Pass members (annual ticket not applicable)

Website

https://brittenpears.org/visit/whats-on/britten-in-america/

Getting there

From the A12, take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. At the roundabout past the supermarkets, take the first exit then follow the brown signs.

Users of satnav and online mapping systems beware: you may be misdirected into Linden Close, from where there is no access to our site.

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

Website

https://brittenpears.org/

E-mail

info@brittenpears.org

Telephone

01728 451700

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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