Near Aldeburgh, in Snape, is the famous concert hall "The Maltings." The hall got its name from its former use; it was previously a barley to malt processing plant. Britten had the interior floors of the building removed to make room for the actual hall, which seats eight hundred. The Maltings was opened 2 June 1967 by the Queen.
The Maltings was internationally known and well loved. This was proven during the Festival in 1969, when it burned down. Donations poured in for a fund to rebuild it. It was rebuilt in time for the 1970 Festival, with substantial improvements.