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We start the tour at Clare Castle Country Park, where our first stop is the inner bailey of a Norman castle. At this point we have a large Anglo Saxon burial ground beneath our feet, the ruins of the Norman keep on a 60 foot mound in front of us, listed Victorian railway buildings to either side of us and the mother house of the Augustinian friars in England just out of sight. This site encapsulates the rich and fascinating history of our small town, whose heyday was arguably in the 1300s when one of England’s most powerful and wealthy families lived at the castle.

Leaving behind the castle and railway, we head into Clare’s historic streets, lined with half-timbered houses, each of which tells a story. As we meander around the town we peel back the layers to reveal the social history hidden behind the streets and buildings, before heading to the Priory along the scenic riverside. A place of great history and spirituality and a working church and priory today, the Priory still has its original infirmary and cellarer’s house, as well as the ruins of its medieval church and the burial sites of royal princes and princesses.

Tours last 90 minutes and start at the visitor centre opposite the Park’s café. Plentiful parking is available in the Park’s car park at the bottom of Malting Lane (postcode CO10 8NW). Bookings can be made online below or in person via the visitor centre or Park Office. Tours cost £5 per adult and are free for under 18s. We go ahead come rain or shine, so please come ready for whatever the weather may throw at us!

For 2022 Tour Dates visit http://clarecastlecountrypark.co.uk/towntours/

For more information on Clare go to the Visit Clare website at https://www.visit-clare.co.uk/

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