The Red House

The Red House, Aldeburgh: Hours, Address, The Red House Reviews: 5/5

The Red House
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Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. We are open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Please book your entry time on our website.
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Mark T
Holymoorside, UK426 contributions
Peaceful Place
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Amazingly peaceful place!

You don't need to know anything about Benjamin Britten or his music to love the Red House.

A really amazing home and possibly one of the most peaceful gardens I've ever experienced.

If you only take time to have a drink & cake on the croquet lawn and soak up the atmosphere you'll take something away.

If you are interested in Britten you'll have a treat.

You should book though.

Glad we went.
Written September 22, 2021
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EssexColin
Faversham, UK88 contributions
Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in music
Jun. 2021 • Friends
Very well presented home and Museum, helped by dedicated, knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Highly recommended, whether you know much about Britten and Pears or not.
Not for young children, but intelligent, thoughtful young people will enjoy it and appreciate the house and the story. Lovely gardens too!
Written July 12, 2021
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Thank you for your very thoughtful review. It is great that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you again for sharing your experience with us.
Written August 23, 2021
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Carrowdale
Sussex UK275 contributions
The highlight of our week!
May 2021 • Couples
Our visit to The Red House was the highlight of our week in Aldeburgh. Stunning gardens and a fascinating insight into the composer’s life. The house itself is magical and filled with art, books and tasteful furniture yet has a homely, welcoming feel to it. We enjoyed coffee in the garden, a browse in the shop and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Thanks go to the friendly staff who obviously care a great deal about The Red House. Highly recommended.
Written June 18, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review! We're really pleased you enjoyed everything we have on offer including your interactions with the team.
Written June 21, 2021
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PaulB
Berkshire, UK48 contributions
Step inside and step back in time
May 2021
This is a treat. The path you take through the excellent museum and on into the house then gardens is well thought out. Play the famous cup/mug tree, learn about the music the men, the performances and thought the exhibition and house, the lives of two extraordinary artists.
Written June 15, 2021
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Thank you for your kind words, we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit around the site!
Written June 16, 2021
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Alison23lufbra
Loughborough, UK1,515 contributions
Fascinating exhibition
May 2021 • Couples
A lovely visit to a fascinating house! Exhibition is really well put together, house itself is interesting to see and a nice garden with refreshments. Well worth a visit wether a fan of Britten or not.
Written June 4, 2021
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Thank you Alison! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for leaving such a great review.
Written June 15, 2021
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Joy W
London, UK15 contributions
A wonderful place to visit
Oct. 2020 • Couples
It was very easy to buy timed tickets to look around Red house. We took my mother-in-law , in a wheelchair , and they had an even smaller one to lend us, which was even more manoeuverable inside the house and galleries. The house is interesting and delightful, it’s as if they’ve just popped out! The volunteers were knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. The gallery has an audio tour , which you can download onto your phone. The gallery and exhibition building was very well laid out and everything was beautifully presented. We looked around the magnificent gardens at the end . We couldn’t believe how many flowers were still in bloom . I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this place, whatever the weather whatever the season. The bonus being you can return as many times as you like In a year for free
Written November 6, 2020
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Thank you for your visit and we are pleased you both enjoyed your visit! Your feedback is really helpful and it's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed so many aspects of your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you onsite again soon!
Written November 26, 2020
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TerryPhilpot
Oxted, UK12 contributions
Well worth seeing
Oct. 2020
You do not have to know anything about Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to enjoy a visit to their home. It is so cosy and welcoming that it is almost as if they are about to walk in. The gardens, too, while not large, are pleasant. Make sure, too, that you visit their graves in the small municipal cemetery next to the churchyard of Aldeburgh's parish church.
Written October 16, 2020
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Thank you for sharing your experience with us! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and felt safe and welcome.
Written November 11, 2020
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Matt Grant
35 contributions
A treasure trove of artefacts from the Britten-Pears collection
Aug. 2020 • Couples
A thoroughly enjoyable and insightful visit beautifully presented and maintained in a fitting manner.
We did not feel particularly robbed by the Covid-19 restrictions in place because this venue and collection had so much to offer. We were treated to a warm welcome at reception and were made to feel that we could spend as much time here as we needed to. Of course, our 12 month ticket will allow a further visit should we be back in Aldeburgh, and if it were possible we would love to come and see more as and when the restrictions are listed.
There is so much to see and absorb. The exhibition is full and highly informative, laid out logically without being overwhelming.
Thank you for the care and attention you give to the exhibition and your visitors. I shall definitely be revisiting my music collection when I return home!

Written August 9, 2020
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Thank you for your lovely response. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and didn't feel you missed out from the safety measures we have in place. It is also great that we have sparked a renewed interest in Britten's work!
Written October 23, 2020
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jeremy s
London, UK816 contributions
Make sure you make time to go upstairs
Mar. 2020 • Couples
An amazing place. We had a tour of the house upstairs from the librarian Dr N C who was both delightful and knowledgeable supported by friendly volunteers. A true immersion in the lives and legacy of Brittan and Pears. And the 2013 archives are worth a visit too.
Written March 6, 2020
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Thank you for your wonderful review! We're pleased you enjoyed your visit from the timed tours, Archive and interaction with staff and volunteers.
Written March 9, 2020
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Ginette
4 contributions
A special place
Oct. 2019
The house/home is preserved exactly as it was when Britten and Pears lived there. Helpful guides showed us around the upstairs but we were free to wander downstairs. The library and exhibition were amazing. Tea and coffee is available in a help yourself area of reception, but there is no cafe. The toilets were lovely though!
Written November 6, 2019
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Thank you for your kind works; we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit and the facilities we have on offer!
Written November 7, 2019
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The Red House is open:
  • Thu - Sun 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.