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Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' home in Aldeburgh offers a charming snapshot into the two men's lives. Lovingly preserved, the house and gardens are open for all to explore.

The Red House is the former home of composer Benjamin Britten and singer Peter Pears. The collections left by the two men richly document their lives as performers and creators who made this place their home for nearly twenty years.

As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors can explore the house, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors with a mix of formal and cosy and an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large garden reflects their tastes in flowers and plants and is perfect for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful corner of Suffolk.

Recent additions to the visit include a museum shop and The Red Hut garden café offering takeaway lunches and afternoon tea.


Current Exhibition

Such an Artist to Write for: Inspiration and Collaboration

Free with admission to The Red House

This year’s exhibition at The Red House explores the rich and fascinating theme of ‘inspiration’. In 1974, Britten wrote a letter to Pears expressing his gratitude for what Pears had given him over the decades: “What have I done to deserve such an artist and man to write for?”. Pears was not, however, only a ‘muse’, but a true collaborator. Our gallery exhibition this year examines in detail the powerful effect Pears’ artistry had on Britten’s entire career: from the sheer amount of music he inspired in him, to their professional recital partnership, to even the notes on the page.

Pears was the person for whom Britten composed the most; but Britten nearly always wrote for particular performers, many of whom spurred him on to explore new musical landscapes. The exhibition pays tribute to the remarkable talents of Mstislav Rostropovich, Julian Bream and Janet Baker among many others.


Admission

We are open seasonally from March to October with bookable timed slots.


Special events


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For families

Families can explore The Red House and its gardens with a variety of free activities and resources for all ages.

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The House and Garden

Find out more about the home that Britten and Pears shared, and what you can expect on your visit to The Red House.

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The Archive

Uncover the rich collection of Britten and Pears' history in the Archive, which is open for all to explore.

An introduction to The Archive

The Art Collection

Britten and Pears' art collection contains around 1,300 works – often the work of their friends or connections – and including pieces by John Piper, Mary Potter and David Hockney.

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Annual Exhibition

Such an Artist to Write for: Inspiration and Collaboration
This year’s exhibition at The Red House explores the rich and fascinating theme of ‘inspiration’. Looking in detail at the powerful effect Pears’ artistry had on Britten’s entire career: from the sheer amount of music he inspired in him, to their professional recital partnership, to even the notes on the page.

Food & Drink

Visitors can now enjoy coffee, cake and takeaway lunches from The Red Hut garden café on the croquet lawn overlooking the house.

Closed for winter
For access to the café only, no charge required.

Please feel free to bring your own picnic which can be enjoyed in our gardens.

Shop

Find a selection of products inspired by Britten, Pears, and their home. Alongside books and music, sit beauty and home fragrance products, a gardening range, and children's toys with a nature theme.


Opening hours

The Red House is now Closed for the winter, except for special events. Please see What's On for details.