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Interpretive bench at the top of the Motte

“Lamentable ruins upon a most beautiful situation” was the description of Clare Castle in the 1618 Breviary of Suffolk, and both the ruins and the beauty remain to this day.  The Park exists on the site of a grand castle that was home to one of the wealthiest people in England.  Much of the castle has now gone, but we still have the 60 foot high Norman motte, one of the tallest in the country, with the remains of a flint keep at its summit.  Visitors are very welcome to climb the motte and are rewarded with stunning views over the moat, medieval Clare, the former Clare station railway buildings and the countryside beyond.

View of the inner bailey and Stationmaster’s House from the Motte

Spread out around the motte are the inner and outer baileys of the castle.  In their heyday these housed a great workforce with 250 horses, as well as ornamental gardens, fishponds and buildings.  An interpretation board at the foot of the motte tells the story of the castle, and further information is available from the Park’s visitor centre.

Interpretation of Clare Castle

 

 

 

More information about the history of Clare Castle is available here.  The Motte and parts of the bailey are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.  The path up the Motte is fenced and accessible to pushchairs with some lifting at the foot of the path.  Regrettably it is not suitable for wheelchairs.