The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh
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The Red House is the former home of Benjamin Britten and his partner the tenor Peter Pears. 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.

The Red House site includes:

The Gallery
Our engaging exhibition brings Britten’s music to life. Suitable for all ages.

The Red House
Walk through Britten and Pears’ home for twenty years and enjoy the eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary styles and their stunning art collection (open in high season only).

The Studio
The creative heart of the site where Britten worked on his music.

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

The 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
Award-winning home for Britten’s huge archive. Open by appointment and for special displays during the Aldeburgh Festival and at other times throughout the year.

Venue Type:

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

See also

Opening hours

Low Season (Wednesday 1 February - Friday 24 March)
Tuesday to Friday, 1pm - 4pm
The Studio, Library, exhibition rooms and Gardens will be open.

High Season (Tuesday 28 March - Saturday 28 October)
Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm - 5pm
The Red House and the whole site opens to the public.

The Red House is open for free-flow viewing from 2.30pm (last entry 4.30pm). A guided tour is available at 2pm (book in advance).

Aldeburgh Festival (Friday 9 - Sunday 25 June)
The whole site will be open daily from 11am - 4pm.

Free flow viewing of The Red House from 11am (last entry 3.30pm). There are no guided tours of The Red House during the Festival.

Site open for special events in November and December.

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

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

Site admission: £5 (valid for one year)
Under 16s: free
Guided house tours at 2pm: £2.50 (in addition to site entry)

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
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 the Studio and the first floor of the house (a virtual tour of these rooms is available at reception).

Collection details

Architecture, Music, Personalities

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Who's Gonna Love Me Now

Queer Talk Season at Aldeburgh Cinema: Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

  • 18 December 2017 From 8pm

The latest offering from acclaimed Israeli filmmaking duo Tomer and Barak Heymann, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? is a tender insight in to the life of a gay Jewish man and his reconciliation with the family who once rejected him. At the age of 21 Saar Maoz arrived in the UK after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz. With his newfound freedom, Saar discovered an alternative family with The London Gay Men’s Chorus. After 19 years, he reaches out to his conservative Israeli family in an attempt at reconciliation.

Admission

Tickets: £6

Website

https://brittenpears.org/visit/whats-on/whos-gonna-love-now/

Scratch Choir

Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols

  • 15 December 2017 11am-4pm *on now

Come and sing Britten’s most festive piece accompanied by harp. The day will be led by conductor Ben Vonberg-Clark. The ability to read music is recommended – with enthusiasm and having fun the main aim of the day! The day will end with a run-through in Britten’s Library. Please bring a pencil and packed lunch.

Admission

Tickets: £7.50

Website

https://brittenpears.org/visit/whats-on/scratch-choir-brittens-ceremony-carols/

Christmas Carols at The Red House

Christmas Carols at The Red House

  • 19 December 2017 2-3pm

Join us for a sing-a-long of Christmas carols in the run up to the festive season. Mulled wine and mince pies will be provided.

Website

https://brittenpears.org/visit/whats-on/christmas-carols-red-house/

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.

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

Website

Britten–Pears Foundation website

www.brittenpears.org

E-mail

enquiries@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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