CLARE IN A NUTSHELL
At the beginning of the 19th century author Cuming Walters said of Clare in his book Bygone Suffolk.
'Within easy reach of Cambridge and Bury St.Edmunds,lies a small and obscure town in the Fens, which despite its present decayed aspect has a history of some importance….it is typical of many English places which have had to give way to new centres of industry and enterprise.But the little town remains bright and inviting.’
Today, not so small or decayed but very much still bright and inviting Clare was placed in the top 50 places to live by the Sunday Times in 2015. A vibrant and well kept little town it was awarded village of the year in 2010, and Anglia in Bloom in 2011
Demonstrating the history of a community which has changed and evolved over centuries from the Iron Age to the present day it has many fascinating and interesting places to visit.
It could be said that the little town of Clare offers’ Suffolk in a nutshell’
Clare Castle Country Park-Offering a recently rebuilt children’s play area, nature trail, open green spaces, river and railway walks and not least Clare Castle overlooking the town.
Clare common- given to the people of Clare by Katherine of Aragon
Iron Age fort, 13th century Castle, and Augustinian priory & the wool church of St.Peter & Paul, Ancient House museum, many listed buildings, as well as former railway buildings.
Several pubs and cafés, antique shops and galleries in addition to a range of well stocked shops.There is also a lovely 9 hole golf course open to visitors all year round.
There are also always events from Antique and craft fares to the Clare Christmas Market and Christmas lights switch on throughout the year.
So,whether you come for History,shopping,a meal out, or even to seek for the mythical dragon of Clare theres something for every taste. We look forward to seeing you.