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The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ, England
+44 1728 451700
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Fascinating tour

The tour around the Red House was just excellent. There was much to see for a music-lover like me... read more

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Andrew M
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Wonderful place to get in touch with the lives of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

If you have a heart for the work of these two brilliant men then this place will bring their legacy... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
DJBMW
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London, 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 yesterday

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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Reviewed 12 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

Thank DJBMW
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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.

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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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Reviewed 19 October 2017

This house is cared for with a lot of love. Many of Britten's, and Peter Pears', possessions are on display including a large collection of modern art. The guides here are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. To protect the beautiful rugs and carpets, visitors are asked...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Your comments are really helpful to us as we are in the process of reviewing our signage and we will include your feedback in our plans.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Myself and my friend spent a very enjoyable 3 hours at the Red House a couple of weeks ago. Our tour of the house led by Fiona and Pauline was excellent. Their joint knowledge was exceptional and you could tell their enthusiasm for the house....More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are pleased you took advantage of our guided tour and explored the gardens and gallery. We will pass on your thanks to our volunteers and look forward to you visiting us again soon.

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

The Red House is fascinating and if you can get on a tour it brings the house and its owners to life: Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. The exhibition is well organised with many sound clips and much to study. The extensive garden has been...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Thank you Alan for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your visit and the many things you can do here.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

On a lovely sunny day in late September we visited this interesting place. The entrance fee was very reasonable. Note the entry fee includes return visits for 12 months at no extra charge. The exhibition area is well laid out and you can borrow an...More

Thank Ann G
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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Thank you for your review and recommendation. We take pride in our customer service and offer and look forward to seeing you at The Red House, Aldeburgh soon.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We visited today during a weeks stay at aldeburgh. Beautiful house crammed full of interesting things. The audio tour is very helpful for me as I am blind but what was most helpful were how kind and attentive the staff are. I never expect anyone...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Thank you Carla for your wonderful review. We always aim to be helpful to all our visitors as there is so much to experience here. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time here, and in Aldeburgh, and hope you visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 10 September 2017

Peaceful, reflective and refreshing space. The grounds and the house are a haven of tranquility. The staff were especially helpful and welcoming...and luckily for us, some music students were visiting and warming up/singing in the Library...wonderful! Great to see such an eclectic mix of decor,...More

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RedHouseAldeburgh, Public Relations Manager at The Red House, Aldeburgh, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you included The Red House during your stay and enjoyed music performed by participants of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

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sara m
6 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
12 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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