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Visit Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ home, garden and archive on the Suffolk coast

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“I want my music to be of use to people, to please them, to ‘enhance their lives’.” Britten, 1964

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.

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ home in Aldeburgh offers a charming snapshot into the two men’s lives. The farmhouse, nestled in a beautiful five-acre garden, is home to their collections and archive, alongside a gallery space, museum shop and outdoor café.

What’s here and what’s on

The Red House
Walk through Britten and Pears’ home and enjoy the eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary styles and their stunning art collection.

Garden
Grounds with lawns, borders awash with colour, and peaceful places to sit. Bring a picnic or play croquet and other outdoor games.

Composition Studio
The creative heart of the site where Britten composed works that include Noye’s Fludde, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and War Requiem.

Library
A beautiful, evocative space where Britten and Pears rehearsed and entertained. A programme of recitals takes place throughout the year.

Families
Family-friendly trails and activities to enjoy during school holidays. Plus Friday morning Mini Music Makers sessions for 0-5 year olds.

Britten & Women Exhibition
This years temporary exhibition celebrates the powerful role of women in Britten’s life – and how they navigated their careers in a man’s world. There are also a range of exhibitions across the site that brings Britten’s music to life. Audio guides available.

Events
Come to a special recital in the Library, learn a choral work in a day, or book a Discovery Session to explore fascinating pieces of music.

Archive
One of the UK’s most important centres for music research. See rotating collection highlights with ‘Stories from the Archive’ talks on Thursdays and Fridays.

Pricing

Adult: £8.50 (valid for one year)
Under 16s: free
Discounts available to Art Fund members, Museum Association members, NHS Workers and carers.

Please visit our website to book your entry time: https://brittenpearsarts.org/events/visit-the-red-house

Opening Times

House & Garden
Friday 1 April – Sunday 30 October
Thursday to Sunday, 11am-5pm (Last admission 4pm)

Aldeburgh Festival 2022 (Friday 3 – Sunday 26 June)
Open daily from 11am-5pm. (Last admission 4pm)

The Red Hut Garden Café
Friday 1 April – Sunday 30 October
Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 4pm

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

Facilities
  • Accessible toilets
  • Baby changing
The Red House
Golf Lane
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5PZ