Welcome to Aldeburgh where fishermen still sell their catch of the day, including herring, prawns, mackerel and cod, freshly smoked and ready to eat from little huts on the pebble beach.
Panning left to right, a vast expanse of water and skyline stretch out into the distance reaching towards a horizon of possibility and immensity.
In late September, this vista is breached by morning sun painting Aldeburghs village in streaks of crimson and gold.
Perhaps this is why artists set their easels on the shore, hoping to capture moments of sublimity or why locals love a morning stroll along the promenade to where the River Alde flicks into the cavernous mouth of the North Sea.
These waters once carried blood-thirsty Vikings towards Bury St Edmunds where King Edmund was martyred for refusing to denounce his catholic faith.
Today, he rests peacefully near colourful flower beds and Benedictine ruins in Abbey Gardens that embrace the citys cathedral.
Discover more about the Vikings, their conquests and cargoes on a visit to Sutton Hoo before browsing galleries and shops at Snape Maltings.
A visit via Leiston and Thorpeness to Southwold where the lighthouse looms and the piers water clock marks the passing of each hour, sets the seal on a golden seaside getaway.
Excursion to Bury St Edmunds.
Entrance to Sutton Hoo.
Free time in Aldeburgh.
Excursions as detailed.
4 nights hotel stay on half board.
Snuggled on Aldeburghs beach front, this hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy views of the North Sea. Awarded two AA Rosettes for its quality cuisine and benefiting from recent refurbishment, a peaceful stay is assured. The hotel has a lift.
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