Spotlight on… Clare, Suffolk

Find out everything you need to know about living in the town of Clare - its local schools, transport links and where to visit...

Posted: April 1, 2019


A thriving place to live and work, Clare is a historic market town in south Suffolk, close to the Essex border. Famous for its chocolate box cottages, its Augustine Priory (one of the oldest religious houses in England) and the castle ruins, Clare is a lovely place to visit and live in.


Average property values in Clare, Suffolk

Clare Average House Prices - March 2019

Average house prices in Clare in March 2019 according to Zoopla.


Clare Transport Links

Clare is situated in on the north bank of the River Stour, 9 miles from Sudbury and 16 miles from Bury St Edmunds. The historic racing town of Newmarket is just 17 miles away.

London Liverpool Street station is accessible from nearby Sudbury station (via Marks Tey), which also runs services to Colchester and Ipswich.

Stansted Airport is approximately 35 minutes away.


Local Schools in Clare

Clare is home to both a primary and secondary school, with 9 further educational establishments found within a 5-mile radius. Six of these, including Stour Valley Community School, are rated by Ofsted as good, with Haverhill’s Kedington Primary Academy boasting an outstanding rating.


Entertainment in Clare

Clare is home to a number of listed buildings – 133 in fact, including the 13th Century Augustine Priory. The town is also home to the remains of Clare Castle.

More information about the history of Clare and its role as a wool town can be discovered in the Ancient House Museum. Itself a Grade I listed building, the Ancient House has previously been a shop, a workhouse and a priest’s house. It also boasts some of the most decorative pargeting in the region.

There are also plenty of independent shops to keep you occupied, as well as cafes, pubs, restaurants and an antiques auction house.

Clare Country Park is home to the castle ruins and is another renowned visitor attraction.

View of Clare, Suffolk from above

Why live in Clare?

With a host of independent shops, pubs and eateries, and some wonderful architecture, Clare is a wonderful town with something for everyone. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, but close enough to the region’s larger towns, Clare offers all the benefits of countryside living, with amenities close by.

Did you know? 3 facts about Clare, Suffolk

  • Although in modern terms, Clare is a village, it’s affectionately known as Suffolk’s smallest town.
  • The former owner of Clare Manor and Castle, John Elwes the notorious miser, is suggested to be the inspiration behind the Charles Dickens character, Ebenezer Scrooge.
  • The castle’s motte is one of the highest in the country at 60 ft high.

Do you want to move to Clare?

If you’re looking to move to Clare or the surrounding areas, visit our Clare office and speak to our friendly team. Alternatively, call them on 01787 277811 or email

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