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The Coast

The tour approaches the final stretch towards the coast going through Leiston, Aldringham and Aldeburgh from about 2:45pm


Why not visit the monastic ruins of Leiston Abbey? The English Heritage site is free and open during daylight hours. The ruins mainly date to the 14th century and are the remains of an abbey that belonged to the Premonstratensians. Following the Dissolution of Monasteries in 1536, Leiston Abbey was given to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and the king’s brother-in-law. The site was subsequently used as a farm, a residence and a religious retreat.


St Andrew’s Church, Aldringham was mostly rebuilt in 1842 following partial ruination. An important survival of the Victorian rebuilding is a 15th century octagonal font that has lions around the stem. There are also several memorials in the church including a marble memorial to the 11 parishioners that died in World War 1. Discover more about the church’s history here.


At the end of the cycle race, why not spend time to discover the town that was the home of composer Benjamin Britten and the first woman to qualify in Britain as a physician and surgeon, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. Discover more of the town’s history at Aldeburgh Museum in Grade I Tudor building Moot Hall. Or visit Maggi Hambling’s Scallop sculpture dedicated to Benjamin Britten on Aldeburgh beach.  From the 12th September to 17th September, Aldeburgh will also be hosting the annual High Tide festival, showcasing new plays on the beach.