Town tours uncover 1,000 years of Clare history

Some of the Clare tour guides, left to right, Miffy Warrack, Mary Tweed, Stella Byrne and Julia Burge. Photo: Gooderham PR

A programme of guided tours showcasing the rich history of Suffolk’s smallest town has been launched.

The Clare Town Guides uncover the secrets of the town’s 1,000-year history, from Anglo Saxon settlement to the present day.

Led by trained volunteers, the tour brings to life Clare’s fascinating history, encompassing the castle, the town’s former railway, its many listed buildings and Clare Priory.

Derek Blake, chairman of Clare Walkers, said: “Clare has an incredible history, from its mention in the Domesday Book, role in the Magna Carta, the wool trade and so much more, but people don’t know a lot of this history.  

“We felt an official town tour was the logical step for both local residents and tourists alike. The tours bring to life Clare’s rich past and everything is within walking distance, so you get to experience many amazing stories and sights in a very short space of time.” 

The tours, which have been funded by Clare Town Council, are a result of a partnership between Clare Castle Country Park, Clare Walkers, Clare Ancient House Museum and Visit Clare.

Starting at Clare Castle Country Park’s visitor centre, the tours last 90 minutes and cost £5 per adult or free for children.

For more information on Clare Town Guides or to book a tour, please visit 

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