The museum inside the Moot Hall on Aldeburgh’s seafront tells the fascinating story of the town’s history. This Grade I listed timber-framed, flint-and-brick hall was built in Tudor times and would have been the focal point of Aldeburgh’s market square. It now stands in isolation, almost on the shingle beach where fishermen draw up their boats, but would almost certainly have once been surrounded by similar Tudor buildings that have vanished into the sea. On its gabled wall is a sundial with the date 1650; it was added around 130 years after the hall was built. The building was restored in 1854 and Jacobean-style chimneys added. As well as the museum, it houses the council chamber, as it has done for the past 400 years.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Opening Times: See Aldeburgh Museum's website for opening times.
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About the area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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