Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a huge amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it. 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 inspiration 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 find out more about his and Pears’ lives together. The House, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors, is a mix of formal and cosy, with an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large gardens are for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful corner of Suffolk.
The Red House is closed until the end of April, given the latest guidance and information from Public Health England and the UK Government. The gardens are open free of charge Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm, however no additional facilities will be available (such as toilets and refreshments) so please come prepared. At present, all events and group visits programmed between now until the end of April have either been cancelled or postponed and refunds are being processed.
- National Art Pass
From the A12, take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. At the roundabout past the supermarkets, take the first exit then follow the brown signs. Users of satnav and online mapping systems beware: you may be misdirected into Linden Close, from where there is no access to our site.
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Facilities and services
- Baby changing facilities
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Conference facilities available
- Meeting room available
- Parking for disabled available
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
- Gardens open to public
- Picnic area
- Wi-fi available
- Research facilities for academics
- Education facilities available
- Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
- Community outreach programme/service
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Academic publications and resources available
- Online teaching materials available
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Secondary school education service available
- Primary school education service available
- Volunteering scheme offered
- Public access available to collections information
- General guide to collections available
- Specialist publications on collections available
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- General audio-guide available
- Guided tours
- Information point provided
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Direct teaching services for schools
- Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
- Professional development and training for teachers
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