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Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Hoffmann Building and the Britten–Pears Building are located in the village of Snape, five miles inland from Aldeburgh, and approximately 30-40 minutes from Ipswich. Free parking is available.
Visitors arriving by car should travel along the A12, taking the A1094 signposted towards Snape Maltings. Turn right at Snape Church onto the B1069, then continue through the village of Snape before turning left into Snape Maltings (postcode IP17 1SP). The Pumphouse, Jubilee Hall and Elizabeth Court (artist accommodation) are all located in Aldeburgh. By car, continue along the A1094 after turning off the A12. Click here for a map of Aldeburgh town centre.
There are bus services from both Aldeburgh and Woodbridge to Snape, with a bus stop outside the Maltings. Tel. Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastanglia.co.uk.
Visitors arriving by train will need to take a National Express East Anglia service from London Liverpool Street to Saxmundham station, via Ipswich (journey is about 2 hours). Saxmundham is a short drive from both Snape and Aldeburgh.
The closest port is Harwich, which has services from the Hook of Holland and Esbjerg in Denmark. From Harwich Greater Anglia operate a train service to Saxmundham, changing at Manningtree, or it is a 90-minute drive to Snape or Aldeburgh. Ferry services can be checked here www.aferry.co.uk
Taxis can be booked with A2B Cars on 01728 633003 or Gull's on 01728 602344. If arriving by train, we recommend booking a taxi prior to making your journey.
During the Aldeburgh Festival in June, coaches are available for all concerts held outside Aldeburgh. Coaches depart from the Aldeburgh High Street Box Office, calling at Fort Green car park, the cinema and Uplands en route. Tickets cost £4 for a return to Snape, £6 to Orford and £7 to Blythburgh. To book, please contact the Box Office on 01728 687110.
‘Snape Maltings is one of those rare artistic places where the buildings, the people who visit and work there, the magical setting, come together and enable you to do something out of the ordinary.’ – Alfred Brendel
'A unique selling point about Aldeburgh is that it is a wonderful place to be, no matter if the weather is fair or foul. If the sun is shining, the wide sea vista gleams with a brilliance few places can rival. If the east coast does its worst, the scudding black clouds and biting winds conjure a Peter Grimes atmosphere that is what this town, forever associated with Benjamin Britten, is all about.'
– Richard Fairman, Financial Times, June 2008