Clun and Clun Castle, Shropshire

In the deep rural heart of England, just by the border with Wales, is the ancient village of Clun.

This is the place for lazy summer afternoon picnics.

If you are staying nearby, or it’s only a slight detour on a journey to somewhere else, then it’s well worth a visit.

Clun

The village of Clun is as old (or older) than the 9th century castle that over looks it.  It still has a very old (and narrow) bridge at its heart.

During summer, the river is shallow enough to find many children paddling in it whilst parents sit in the sun from the grassy banks.

Right next to bridge is the castle car park, which also has some public loos, as well as resident ducks.

Clun Castle

To get to the castle you cross the river via a foot bridge from the car park.

If cows aren’t grazing the meadow provides an excellent place for a picnic.

The castle is now just a ruin, but considering how old it is, that’s not all that surprising.

To get to the castle you climb up a series of ramparts and hills.  The English Heritage information board part way up (near the bowling green) provides a very good description of what all these layers were.

Originally a Normal Motte and Bailey castle, it would have been very impressive in its time, with a number of different levels and gate houses. However, the large impressive keep was a later addition, and more of a house than a true fortified castle.

Anyone studying Motte and Bailey castle’s at school would find it a visit useful.

This isn’t an action packed day out.  This isn’t an expensive attraction either (admission = free).

However, it’s a great place for a picnic, the kids to explore, to paddle in the stream, and to get an ice cream, as well as seeing something special from the past.

Getting There

To find Clun Castle use the Post Code SY7 8JB with your Sat Nav, then follow signs for the Castle car park.

There are rural lanes, narrow medieval streets and a small bridge.  If you are towing a caravan or have a large vehicle then this destination may not be for you.

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5 Comments
  1. […] great picnic spot is Clun Castle, which is excellent on a sunny day: old ruins to explore, a hill with views, a stream the kids can […]

  2. […] England and Wales with the area changing between the English and Welsh – and is scattered with remains of castles from that era. It is still littered with medieval towns and villages, and there are lots of Tudor […]

  3. […] These were turbulent times, with battles between England and Wales. There are many castles in the countryside around Shrewsbury. (One of our favourite picnic spots is at Clun Castle). […]

  4. We loved visiting here last year, camped at a lovely campsite not to far away. Did you go into the museum? Very quaint but good 🙂

    • We’ve not been to the museum yet. We’ve been to Clun a couple of times when the weather has been excellent, so stayed outside all the time.
      We’ll try it next time 😀
      Thanks for the tip.

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