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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.
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.
Please note the Green Man Festival has been cancelled for 2020 and will return in 2021.
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.
Opening times: Open daily all year round during day light hours.
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.
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.