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The unique and quirky village of Thorpeness is situated on the coast in between Minsmere, the RSPB bird reserve and the popular towns of Aldeburgh and Snape with its famous Food and Drink festival, Literary and Music festivals, inspired by Benjamin Britten at the Snape Maltings international concert hall.

Thorpeness is a fantasy village, the work of one Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, a Scottish barrister and playwright with a little help from J.M. Barrie of Peter Pan fame. In 1910 he completed his dream, a village including a pub, a shop, a church, a tennis club, golf course, boating lake and holiday lodgings.

The Dolphin, now the hub of the community, is an ideal resting base to explore Thorpeness and our neighbouring towns, or just enjoy a peaceful walk around Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere reserve plus many more local must sees. A short stroll takes you to miles of unspoilt Suffolk Heritage coast and the very popular Mear, a boating lake which is on our doorstep  and just up the road – The House in the Clouds, a red house atop a five-storey black weatherboard tower.

Embrace village life

Local places of interest

The perfect venue on the coast of Suffolk
Built in 1912, the Country Club is set in a stunning location overlooking the sea and the beautiful coast of Suffolk.

This purpose built events venue accommodates 130 guests for a sit down meal and up to 200 for an informal reception.
Formerly known as St Mary's Abbey, it was founded in 1182 at Minsmere by Ranulf de Glanville, Lord Chief Justice to Henry II. The only remains of the old site are the ruins of the Abbey chapel.

Whatever the weather

Plenty to do

Opening Hours

The Dolphin Inn is closed between 3.00pm and 6.00pm for check ins unless by prior arrangement.


Tue – Fri: 11am – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm
Sat 11am – 11pm
Sun 11am – close


Mon – Fri: 11am – 3pm / 6pm – 11pm
Sat 11am – 11pm
Sun 11am – 10:30pm

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