Iconic Suffolk seaside town where everyone wants to move to

With many people now choosing to work from home permanently and, at the very least, stay out of the office more from now on, many are looking to relocate to the countryside.

Rural homes have many of the things that those who live in cities dream of – more space and less noise, amongst other things, and most importantly often for much less money too.

It’s meant that one Suffolk town, in particular, has got even more interest from people looking to move out of their city.

Garrington, a property finding agency, revealed Aldeburgh, Suffolk, was one of the top destinations. Aldeburgh is located on the coast and about 90 minutes from Cambridge.

Aldeburgh, Suffolk
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Of the top ten places mentioned in Garrington’s list where people want to move, it was the only place in the East of England.

Cambridge was mentioned in the report but its high house prices meant it wasn’t ranked so positively.

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Many will be familiar with the picturesque Aldeburgh, as it’s not only an easy day trip from Cambridge down the A14, but it is also world-renowned for its fish and chips.

It even has an annual sailing regatta and a week-long carnival.

The town itself is absolutely beautiful, and to reach it first requires meandering through the gently rolling hills and forests of Suffolk. Travellers then pass through the new part of the town.

Once you pass the huge church you get the first true glimpse of the sea, as the road drops down the hill into the old fishing village which has not changed in decades.

The town is practically built on the shingle beach, with a large sea wall holding the tide back from the dozens of tiny chocolate box houses that were once home to intrepid fishermen.

Wooden fishing boats sit on the beach in places, and some are still used today.

Fresh fish and seafood can be bought from one of a row of fish huts in the northern part of the town.

The southern side leads to the Alde River which bends around the back of the town, meaning that from every direction you have incredible views.

Aldeburgh’s claim to fame

English composer and founder of the Aldeburgh Festival, Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976), gives a speech at the opening of the new Snape Maltings Concert Hall, at the start of the twentieth Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, 2nd June 1967. Queen Elizabeth II (left) performed the official opening.
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Aldeburgh was the home of one of the country’s most famous composers Benjamin Britten.

The town is also the home of actors Miranda Raison and Bill Nighy.

Aldeburgh also has strong connections to Cambridge, with various college masters calling it home.

It was the birthplace of suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett, who founded Newnham College and who has a blue plaque dedicated to her in Trumpington.

Things to do in Aldeburgh

The scallop sculpture, on Aldeburgh beach, dedicated to Benjamin Britten, is now a rusty brown. By Anne Jedrzejewski

There is plenty going on in the deceptively relaxed town.

Aldeburgh boasts plenty of independent tea rooms, cafes, a cheese shop and clothing shops as well as a few bigger brands like Crew and Joules.

There is also a brilliant independent book shop, which is the perfect place for finding a beach read.

There’s even an annual sailing regatta and a week-long carnival.

With many of us now able to work from home, and it being unlikely that we will ever fully return to working from offices, it’s no surprise that people are seeking out places like Aldeburgh to live full time.

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