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Review of The Red House

The Red House
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Aldeburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Here, off leafy and secluded Golf Lane, in the Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh, composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the singer Peter Pears, lived and worked. Today The Red House is the home of the Britten—Pears Foundation, which invites you to come and discover Britten's music in the place where much of it was written. The Studio where Britten composed is open to visitors year-round, as is: the Gallery (an engaging exhibition for all ages); the historic Library where Britten and Pears rehearsed; and the Gardens. The House is open during the summer months with guided tours at 2pm Tuesday - Saturday and free-flow of the downstairs from 2.30pm. The award-winning Archive is open by appointment to anyone wanting to research our uniquely comprehensive collections. Please see our website for opening hours, and for details of how to book house tours and research visits.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 8 October 2013

If you admire or love the music of Britten then this is a must. Although the actual house is closed in the winter it didn't spoil our visit as it was more interesting to see the exhibition- free- with audio guide, the library and above all the studio, with its view of the beautiful gardens, where Britten worked - we could almost imagine he was about to come through the door and start composing. This has been lovingly put together and would stand many more visits before everything was seen and heard.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

The Red House main building is only open on selected Saturdays, but at the moment you can see (free of charge) Britten's study and their library, restored to how they were when he and Peter were there, and a fabulous large exhibition about Britten's life. This has video, a vast amount of audio, and fascinating memorabilia such as letters, passports, postcards, contemporary magazine articles, information about significant people etc etc. You need to allow a good length of time to see it all. Wonderful.

1  Thank Leicesterdavid
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We so enjoyed our visit to The Red House. We parked for free and the entrance to the exhition and facilities was free.
The exhibits and pieces of music were very interesting and engagingly displayed. It was lovely to see the library and studio, as BB would have used them.
The gardens were also delightful, we enjoyed wandering through the plants, sculpture and the orchard.
We had a cup of coffee and a helpful chat with the delightful woman who runs the facility. We made a financial contribution and feel the quality of the experience is such, that entry charges could be made.

Thank Nortsat46
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

In this centenary year of his birth we are being offered a rich diet of Benjamin Britten’s music. A wonderful counterpoint to that is provided by a visit to The Red House, his home and workplace. The interior of the house reflects his 1960s lifestyle; The Gallery provides both serious and amusing insights into his life and work; the library is a haven on peace and quiet; and The Studio is a wonderful space soaked in the chords of the War Requiem. The garden is a delightful mix of flowers, trees and sculpture; and the site for the newly opened Archive, designed by architects Stanton Williams.

Car parking is £5.00, otherwise admission is free.

To get the most out of a visit combine it with the other Britten sites in Aldeburgh and the sound of the sea. The Britten Trail (attractive little publication available locally) includes: the parish church of St Peter and St Paul; the Moot Hall; Crag House; the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall; the Peter Pears Gallery; the Aldeburgh Baptist Chapel; the Aldeburgh Music Room; Maggie Hambling’s Scallop; and the Snape Maltings.

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Reviewed 24 June 2013

This is a great achievement. All has been newly renovated and Britten's studio has been revealed and restored exactly as it was when he worked there in the 1960s. The new exhibition is very much worth spending time seeing, and the new Archive building is a treasure for all time. It deserves enthusiastic national support!

Thank douglas_n6
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