The little town with lots to see and do
THE town of Clare, in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, has a fascinating history, plenty of compelling places to visit and a wide range of shops, antiques outlets and eateries.
The old wool town has a timeless quality, evolved over many centuries, and boasts several historical gems, including a 13th century Augustinian Priory, Clare Country Park and the stone ruins of Clare Castle, a medieval town church, and the Ancient House Museum.
A hostelry dating from the 16th century and a number of pubs, restaurants and cafes all serve excellent food, while a selection of antiques shops, art galleries and well stocked shops provide a plethora of things to browse and buy for locals and visitors alike.
ANCIENT HOUSE MUSEUM
The Grade I listed building was given to the town in 1938, but it wasn’t until 1979 that a museum was established on the site. Exhibitions in the museum tell the history of the town and of the lords and ladies who once lived in Clare, as well as of the ordinary people who lived and worked in the area. A new exhibition for 2017, The Story of Clare, presents various topics about the distinctiveness of this very small town, from its early medieval beginnings to its modern day life.
CLARE CASTLE COUNTRY PARK
Only a two-minute walk from the town centre is Clare Castle Country Park. The park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep which, set upon its 70ft high motte, overlooks the town below. The park’s ‘history trail’ reveals historic secrets to visitors, including stories of the former Clare railway station, which operated for over 100 years. Meanwhile a nature trail takes in the River Stour, while the Railway Walk takes walkers from the heart of the park into the wider farming landscape.
Beautiful historic Clare.
Sarah and Alaric Pugh at Sea Pictures Gallery.