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Britten Trail

A walk around Benjamin Britten's Aldeburgh


Cover of the Britten Trail map and book. Photo: Brian Seed. Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft, but is most closely associated with another Suffolk seaside town: Aldeburgh. Here the composer wrote some of the best-known classical music of the twentieth century, inspired by daily walks along the beach and around the surrounding countryside.

He was also inspired by the East Suffolk community. Much of his music was written with local people in mind: as audiences – and often as performers – at the famous Aldeburgh Festival he helped to found in 1948. This Britten Trail was created by that community. The local organizations involved invite you to explore Britten’s legacy in the places where he lived and worked.

There is a map and a guide book, both available in hard copy at participating venues around Aldeburgh and the surrounding area. New in 2014 is the children's activity book On the trail of Benjamin Britten, created with the help of pupils from Aldeburgh Primary School.

There is no set route: you can visit the points of interest in any order and there are several footpath options. The seafront route between Scallop and Crag Path is the most accessible; the six-mile Sailor’s Path between Snape and Aldeburgh the longest.

Note that not all the sites described are open to the public, while others are open only occasionally. Please see the practical information for opening times, accessibility, transport and parking information.

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