Clare Castle Country Park, Clare

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The small town of Clare contains an extraordinary number of historic buildings (135 listed buildings) and sites for its size.

Clare Castle Country Park falls within the Clare Conservation Area and was transferred from Suffolk County Council to Clare Town Council in March 2015.

Clare Town Council holds the land and buildings as Custodian Trustee with the overall management of all aspects of the Park being carried out by the Clare Castle Country Park Trust.

The Park extends to 13.2 hectares (32.6 acres) and is visited by around well over 100,000 people each year.
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  • Clare is a rather nice old country town which has suffered a little over the last few years. The shops are varied but not top end unlike Long Melford and there is not a great variety. There is a very ...  more »
  • Good Car Park. Circular walk or trails - the choice is yours. Paths made up so as not muddy in wet and inclement weather. Lovely welcoming tea room. One trail leads to the convent where you can visit ...  more »
  • Clare Castle has an extraordinary history and was once the richest and grandest castle in England. At the height of its glory, the castle was owned by an amazing woman called Elizabeth. Little remains...  more »
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  • Love it!! especially the fenced of park. Has toilets and lovely walks along the river. Also a little visitors room and cafe. You can take a walk up to old Clare castle. Lovely day out.
  • Lovely place to go for a walk. We decided to go on an extremely muddy day, so we should have worn boots. The climb to the castle is nice and the view at the top is amazing. There is also a child's play area very close by, which was nice to take the little one to after a walk.
  • I love bringing my dogs to walk at the park regularly. It has everything there for my young dog to experience. The different walks are lovely and facilities very good. However having returned today I'm disgusted to see the amount of dog poop not picked up on the main paths, in the car park and in the wildlife areas. Having to avoid it myself and getting my dogs to avoid standing in it too has spoilt the place somewhat for me.
  • There is so much here! A castle, you make the short but steep climb to the top and there is a small amount of wall but epic views. A train station that is now a cafe. It's nice to walk along the platforms. The staff in the cafe were super friendly and the scones were amazing. There is also a toilet in there for customers but they were happy to let our children in. There is a short amount of train track left and the old goods warehouse had been turned into a visitor centre though that was closed and didn't look well used. The kids loved the old crane that you can push round. A short walk is the abbey which you can explore, it's still in use so you need to be respectful but they let you walk through the property to see the old parts and ruins, enter the new church and go to the shrine. There is a nice walk along by the river and a pond with swans. There is a great kids play area and next to that are public toilets. All of this is in close proximity. You can also take in a variety of longer circular walks with the park as your starting point. Next to the car park is a fabulous antique shop with a very good cafe. Car parking was about £3 all day.
  • Lovely Park for walks but terrible to constantly see trees being cut down for no reason. What's a park without trees? Such a shame.
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