Clare, a pretty Suffolk wool town

Suffolk’s smallest town is dotted with pastel thatched cottages and timbered Tudor houses. It’s also home to one of the most significant medieval buildings in East Anglia - Ancient House, now a museum where you can see treasures, including a neolithic axe head.

Clare is one of the Suffolk Wool Towns. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it produced woollen cloth that was in high demand across Europe. As it grew more prosperous, so did its architecture, which you can admire on a visit to the town.

Unwind in Clare Castle Country Park

Just a two-minute walk from the town centre, this open green space is an idyllic place to play or relax. The grounds of what used to be a Norman castle contain the remains of a Victorian railway station. There are interactive displays within the former railway buildings.

The 13th century stone castle keep has areas that are ideal for picnics and games. You can also grab a bite to eat in the Platform 1 cafe.

Follow the Gainsborough Trail in Sudbury

Culture vultures can explore the life and work of one of Britain’s greatest painters Thomas Gainsborough in Sudbury. He was born in the town in 1727, and found much of his inspiration in the rural landscapes surrounding his home. Follow in his footsteps through Sudbury’s famous water meadows. The Gainsborough Trail is a 12.5-mile loop of pathways around the town and local area.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Clare? Travelodge Haverhill Hotel is around six miles away. Or you could try Travelodge Cambridge Fourwentways Hotel