Clun Castle

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Craven Arms, Clun, Shropshire, SY7 8JT

Before You Go

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.

Dont Miss

Every year the Castle is host to two community events; the Green Man Festival on the first weekend in May and the Clun Carnival and Show during August.

Clun Carnival - Saturday 3rd August 2019 12.30pm - 6pm

The annual village show features local crafts and horticultural exhibits, stalls, food and entertainment including a selection of static historic vehicles and a dog show.

The show kicks off with the Carnival procession and the crowning of the Carnival Queen from the town square at 1pm.

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.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. 

Plan a Great Day Out

Bring a picnic to this brilliant castle and let your children run around and explore. It's also perfect for dogs.

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.

The romantic ruins of Wigmore Castle and the stunning red sandstone shell of Acton Burnell Castle are also nearby.

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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