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The Red House, Aldeburgh

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Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was one of the leading composers of the twentieth century. Over an amazingly creative career he wrote a huge range of music, was hailed as one of the all-time great opera composer, and - with his partner, singer Peter Pears - performed around the world.

The Red House is the home Britten shared with Pears for the last two decades of his life and where he wrote many of his most famous works. Come and discover the man and his music in the inspirational and beautiful place.
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  • This is a lovely house, a period piece of tasteful furnishings along with an interesting art collection. Delightful gardens and wonderful archives all giving a powerful insight into what inspired crea...  more »
  • Benjamin Britten's house in Aldeburgh has been preserved as this fascinating museum. It is just as it was when he lived here and evokes the time and memory of his life. You can see the house, the stud...  more »
  • Great place to visit in Aldeburgh. The history is fascinating (even if you don't know much about Britten and Pears) and the house, largely left as it was, is rambling and beautiful. We were lucky enou...  more »
  • We were on holiday in Aldeburgh, and the visit to the Red House was one of the main highlights of our time there, being great fans of Britten's music and life story. The warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere created by the staff and volunteers was memorable. They explained that a party was due so we would not be able to have a guided tour that day, but we were given vouchers to return within a year. We then thoroughly enjoyed walking around the gardens, studio and library. We are returning on holiday in May, so it's no surprise that the Red House is on our agenda.
  • I did two days research at the library for my undergraduate dissertation. It is an inspiring place to visit and the staff were wonderfully kind, helpful and knowledgeable. The grounds are lovely. I visited in December and the sun was shining even then! Lovely.
  • Do a tour of the house if you're in the area. Need to book in advanced. Great time capsule of the artists house as they lived in it. Even if you're not interested in Britten or Pears, there's great artworks on the walls and a beautiful home to look around. They have a shuttle bus from central Aldeburgh, and some nice footpaths and cycle paths leading to the site.