The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh

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.

Opening times: Thursday 1 March – Sunday 28 October 2018

Gallery, Library, Composition Studio and Gardens: Tuesday to Sunday, 1-5pm (House open 2.30pm). Last admission 4pm.

Red House Tours (includes upstairs): Daily 40 minute guided tour, 2pm. Booking in advance is recommended.

Average visit time: 1-2 hours

Aldeburgh Festival (Friday 8 - Sunday 24 June)

• The whole site is open daily from 11am - 4pm.

• There are no Red House guided tours during the Festival.

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

Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible except for the Composition Studio and upstairs of the House (360° virtual tour available). Blue Badge parking available and minibus has space for one wheelchair.


Site admission: £5.50 (valid for one year)

Under 16s: free

Art Fund: £2.75 on presentation of National Art Pass

Red House Tours: £2.50 (+ site admission charge)


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