Snape Maltings is a wonderful destination whether you like eating, shopping, galleries, walking or just enjoying the most perfect destination that the Suffolk coast has to offer . Built in the 1800’s by the Victorian entrepreneur Newson Garrett with the main purpose of malting barley which, once malted, was sent to London and exported to Europe. In 1965, George Gooderham bought the Maltings and a new era began with the gradual conversion of the Victorian buildings. Situated beside the picturesque River Alde and just a ten minutes’ drive away from the popular seaside town of Aldeburgh, the collection of Victorian buildings are also the home of Aldeburgh Music’s world-class concert hall with a year-long programme and one of the best acoustics in the UK. Every June the Aldeburgh Festival, founded 1948 by composer Benjamin Britten, tenor Peter Pears and Eric Crozier, attracts music lovers from around the world. Over the past 40 years Snape Maltings has become a leading hub for culture, independent shops, galleries, workshops and food on the Suffolk Heritage Coast.
With its wide range of places to enjoy a treat, Snape Maltings offers something for every taste whether it is for a morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. The new Concert Hall Café is a must to visit with a great menu and one of the best views in Suffolk, across the expansive reed beds towards Iken. The Granary teashop is extremely popular as is Café 1885. Snape Maltings is also the home of the highly acclaimed Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival which takes place in late September every year.
From a walk either side of the river to Aldeburgh or to Iken, a unforgettable river trip on the Enchantress, a cup of tea and a scrumptious piece of cake, a browse in the award-winning shops to find a lovely new treat to buying a new sofa Snape Maltings has much to offer so visit soon to enjoy one of the best destinations in the country. The monthly returning Farmers’ Market is one of Suffolk’s finest food markets offering a wonderful array of fresh produce and delicious artisan products all under one roof.
Snape Maltings also hosts a Vintage and Makers Market every month with something for absolutely everyone from furniture, kitchenware to stylish vintage clothes and fabrics.
Snape Maltings offers a range of properties from a delightful one bedroom cottage to a four bedroom three storey house located within the heart of the Maltings or with stunning river views. The Maltings is rich in opportunities to relax and put away the car keys as the location provides almost everything that is needed for a short break or a longer holiday.
Browsing through the individual shops which have been nationally recognised for their unique and stylish range of products and friendly customer service is a very special treat. From the House & Garden emporium, food hall, children’s shop, clothes and accessories to local potteries and books. Our buyers work incredibly hard to find new and unique products, so there’s always something new in store. Snape Maltings captures the imagination and there is something for everyone.
The Granary Gallery at Snape Maltings is a treasure box of wonderful finds from Suffolk and further afield. We continually work on introducing creative newcomers as well as showcasing nationally-collected local artists including Maggi Hambling CBE, Tessa Newcomb and Jason Gathorne-Hardy. Many of our most sought-after painters live and work very locally and are inspired by the landscape on our doorstep. As well as painting and sculpture, the collections include the work of local potters and woodturners, textile artists and even furniture makers, while our ‘Made in Britain’ jewellery collections include the area’s most extensive collection of Alex Monroe’s celebrated jewellery. The Pond Gallery and the Quay Gallery allows visiting artists to showcase their work at this fantastic destination, offering a broad range of styles provide a wide range of multi-media from local artists so the exhibitions change on a regular basis so do check the website the Snape Maltings website for up to date information.
The village of Snape and Snape Maltings are the ideal base from which to explore the area recognised as one of Britain’s finest landscapes. The River Alde is a haven for birdlife with its expansive estuary and the Sailors’ Path follows a beautiful route between Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh. The Path is named because sailors would walk the path between Aldeburgh and Snape. As the river is tidal it’s a place of glistering mud and shallow open water, filled twice a day by the incoming tide and rich in wildlife during migrating months.