WAW Towns (C-D)
Accredited since: 2017
Clare is a vibrant place to visit. The local community runs the Town’s thriving secondary and primary schools, and also manages Clare Castle Country Park, a 35 acre park near the centre of the Town that contains the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle, listed railway buildings and the ‘New Cut’ of the River Stour. The Town has over 130 listed buildings, a beautiful Augustinian Priory, museum, a variety of independent shops, a hotel, pubs, cafes and B&Bs. It has a monthly market and its Christmas lights are worth a visit on their own. The Country Park has recently benefitted from a major National Lottery Heritage Fund project that has seen former railway buildings restored, the castle moat de-silted, and the creation of extensive interpretive material and activities.