View of books in library

The Britten-Pears Foundation maintains, conserves and develops The Red House as a major heritage site and through exhibitions, events, concerts and visits encourages people to learn more about the life and work of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears.

We are happy to offer a variety of ways for groups to experience the site and to tailor the visit to meet the needs and interests of the group. This could include, for example, a focus on Britten’s music, an art tour or a closer look at the garden.

The format of the visit can take the form of:

Self-guided visit including the downstairs rooms of The Red House, Library, Composition Studio, the gallery, and garden. (maximum 48 people)

Guided visit of The Red House (upstairs and downstairs rooms), Library, Composition Studio, the gallery and garden. (maximum 16 people during opening hours, up to 32 out of hours).

Admittance to the site is £8 per person and includes an annual pass which will allow re-entry free of charge for twelve months.

For an extra £2.50 per person we may also be able to arrange tea/coffee and cake or a talk or special visit to the Archive.

If you have a particular request please specify on the booking form.

Coach Parking

There is no coach parking on site.

The Red House is located on a small track and there is no access for coaches to drop off or park near the House itself. Coach parties need to be dropped at the end of the lane, and then it is a short walk of approximately 350 yards to The Red House. For those unable to walk, transport up the lane can be arranged with advanced notice. Coaches can be parked in one of three bays in the Fort Green car park at the end of the High Street in Aldeburgh (open 10am-10pm, no charge).

Bags

Due to narrow corridors in the House and Library we ask visitors to put large bags in lockers in the reception area. There are a limited number of lockers so we recommend large groups leave bags on the coach.

Refreshments

There are tea and coffee facilities for visitors to purchase independently as well as a selection of soft drinks and biscuits. These are located in the reception area.

We are also able to arrange tea and cake for groups who book in advance. Seating is available in the garden or indoors and picnicking is welcome.

Additional Information

High-Season is between March-October, and to experience the Garden in full bloom it is best to visit in April-August. Over the winter months access to the House may be limited at times. If you are unsure about the best time for your group to visit please enquire by completing the form below.

Booking

A booking request form will need to be completed in the first instance. Please use this link to download the form.

For further information, contact Julia Mael, call 01728 451700 or complete the enquiry form below:

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