The dramatic riverside ruins and extensive earthworks of this Welsh border castle sit high on a rocky mound on the edge of the small, picturesque town of the same name.
Unusually, the castle's tall 13th century keep is set on the side of its mound. Founded shortly after the Norman Conquest, the castle and nearby settlement prospered until the early 15th century, when followers of the Welsh chieftain Owain Glyn Dwr devastated the surrounding area.
Read more about the history of Clun Castle.
Clun Green Man Festival - Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018
Please note due to the recent poor weather, the merrymaking in the Castle Meadow has been moved to a different location this year. Further information can be found on the Green Man website below.
Clun holds its Green Man Festival every Spring Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday and Monday), when the 'Battle for Summer' takes place on Clun's medieval bridge, on Bank Holiday Monday, between the Green Man and his enemy, the Ice Queen. This is followed by merrymaking in the Castle meadow and in the town square. There are partial road closures on both days. Tickets available on the day. For more information visit www.clungreenman.org.
Clun Show - Saturday 4th August 2018 12.30pm - 6pm
Every year the Castle is host to the community run Clun Show. Featuring a vintage car display, stalls selling local foods and crafts and various entertainments - Fun for all the family. Tickets available on the day.
Before You Go
Access: The castle grounds have steep slopes and uneven ground, so we advise you to wear sturdy footwear. There is a footbridge with steps from the car park to the castle.
Parking: There is a free car park next to the castle. It is not suitable for coaches.
Facilities: Toilets are available in the car park. Food, shops and pubs are all available in the village, which is a short walk away.
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Plan a Great Day Out
The castle is a brilliant place to bring a picnic and let children and dogs run around and explore.
The picturesque Stokesay Castle is under 10 miles away from Clun. It is the finest and best-preserved medieval fortified manor house in England. An audio tour helps you to imagine Stokesay as a centre of medieval life, and the tearoom serves a delicious range of light savoury snacks, homemade cakes and cream teas.
On dramatic moorland just over 10 miles from Clun you'll find Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle. Today there are 15 stones arranged in a rough circle, but there may once have been as many as 30.
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