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The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ, England
+44 1728 451700
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Benjamin Britten's home was a very enlightening place to visit. With very little previous knowledge... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
mars19532015
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Horsham, Australia
A most excellent surprise - not so dusty after all

This is the home of one of Britain's foremost musical composers. We spent the afternoon here in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ROZNBAZ
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families. He was born in 1913 and raised in Lowestoft, and Suffolk was the backdrop for nearly his entire life. At The Red House in Aldeburgh he lived with Peter Pears, his muse and life partner, for nearly two decades until his death in 1976. As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors to The Red House can see his and Pears’ eclectic collection of art, books and objects, wander around their gardens, and discover more about their lives. Gallery: An engaging exhibition about Britten. Library: Where Britten rehearsed and entertained. The Red House: Walk through Britten and Pears’ home. Composition Studio: Where Britten composed his music. Gardens: Extensive grounds that span 5-acres. Archive: Home to one of the UK’s most important centres for music research.
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The Red House Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Benjamin Britten's home was a very enlightening place to visit. With very little previous knowledge of this gifted composer, we were pleasantly surprised by the extend of his work. Being able to listen through pieces of his audio sets was great. With his partner, Peter...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the home of one of Britain's foremost musical composers. We spent the afternoon here in the house and gardens. We visited the house first and were greeted by a lovely guide who gave us an outline of the composer and his friend and...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful review and suggestions. We are so pleased you enjoyed your whole visit - including the Archive which has opened its doors to the public for the first time. Our 'Box of Delights' are proving to be really popular so it...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

This house was Lord (Benjamin) Britten's home with Peter Pears, and the range of excellent art works and furniture do credit to their obvious good taste. The music roomie particular is a delight. As is the (very well-maintained, garden). Definitely not to be missed.

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are really pleased you enjoyed visiting Britten and Pears' home and gardens and thank you again for the recommendation.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely, important home of Britain’s most important 20th century composer. Car park in front was full when we arrived and as such decided to park anywhere. No signs to keep off the grasss or that any extra parking was available anywhere. It typified the rest...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2018

Thank you for your review and we are sorry you had a disappointing visit. We are aware that there are some issues with our signage. We are currently improving it and it will be in place by early July. Our volunteers try their very best...More

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

We spent a morning at The Red House. Loved the house and garden, the sort of place you feel at home with. Found out a lot about Britain and Pears. The only downside was lack of a cafe, with only biscuits on offer.

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2018

Thank you Angela for your 5* review, we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit. We will take on board your feedback regarding a cafe; we are always happy to explore ways we can improve visitor's experience here.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

I went here with my Dad (a music, book and art lover) and my brother a book lover and we were in for a treat, the art was incredible, the museum was really well put together and the whole house and gardens had a lovely...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

Thank you for your great review. We are really pleased to know that you all enjoyed your visit. We have taken on board your comments regarding small children as we are making many strides to improve our offer to families and children with free activities...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2018

The tour around the Red House was just excellent. There was much to see for a music-lover like me and a full 3 hours were spent exploring. The guides were so friendly and helpful. There was time to wander and look at everything both in...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you Andrew for your very generous review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and that you had the chance to see and enjoy all that is on offer here.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

If you have a heart for the work of these two brilliant men then this place will bring their legacy alive. The new facilities are brilliant. Book the guided tour of the house. We did and were delighted by the wonderful and knowledgeable guides. You...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and found the space, and staff, so welcoming.

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

I have always know the name Benjamin Britten and never hear of his partner Peter Pears. Went to Red House nonetheless and loved every second of being their. Fabulous story and timeline of change in society. Great gardens. Lovely house. Amazing art collection. Two brilliant...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Thank you for your wonderful 5* review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and the various exhibitions in display. It is definitely worth visiting us again as there will be a different annual exhibition planned 2018, rehanging our art collection as it is too...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Swapped for his seafront house to avoid staring passers-by, this was a real find for him and us. Lots to see - leave plenty of time, as it's worth asking the very friendly staff questions. Visit the gardens, too.

Thank Guy d
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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

Thank you Guy for your great review and handy pointers we think our visitors will find useful.

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sara m
7 March 2018|
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Response from RedHouseAldeburgh | Property representative |
Hi Sara, thank you for your message. Dogs are welcome in the gardens but must be kept on a lead. It is possible to bring your pushchair to the site and access Britten's Library, the gallery and Archive. The only... More
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comforttravel
13 August 2016|
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Response from RedHouseAldeburgh | Property representative |
Dear comforttravel, Thank you for your enquiry. There is parking on site but places are limited. The nearest car park would be at Aldeburgh Church which is approximately 10-15 walk away. Alternatively you can take advantage... More
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Keshar W
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Hello. Admission is free, but we do welcome donations. The only charge is for parking during the summer months (June-September). Parking is £5 (except for blue badge holders), but we operate a free minibus shuttle during... More
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