House & Grounds

The house and Church of Clare Priory are set in large grounds and picturesque gardens. Day visitors, as well as retreat members, are welcome to stroll around and enjoy our gardens and grounds, or you may wish to visit the adjacent grounds of Clare Castle Country Park and the ruins of Clare Castle.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit the medieval village of Clare, which can be reached via the footbridge over the River Stour, just outside the Priory entrance.

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Clare Priory offers excellent facilities for individual or group retreats.

The Stable House offers 7 single rooms and 1 double room, all with en-suite and disabled facilities, and there are also two small meeting rooms for private prayer or small group work, and a small prayer room.

Alternatively, groups or individuals can stay in the Priory, with rooms that cater for small groups (2 larger bedrooms with 3 beds) or families (large room with 1 double and 2 singles). It also has 1 twin room.

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Clare Priory offers a tranquil environment for those who wish to withdraw from their daily lives and find rest in the Lord. It is the main Retreat Centre of the Order of    St Augustine (OSA) for England and Scotland. It is the home of a mixed community of Augustinian friars and lay people, open to both men and women, seeking to live the Christian life according to the Rule of St. Augustine.

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord,
and our hearts are restless until they rest in you
                                                                                  (from St. Augustine: Confessions)

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Friends of Clare Priory

Hand in hand with the development of the new church and the support of the Extension Fund, we have sought patronage for the Priory itself. The Friends of Clare Priory were formed as a means of providing information for those interested in the life and ministry of the Priory, and able to give financial help towards its development.

So far the Friends have enabled the embellishment of the Cellarer's Hall, the provision of new armchairs in the hall, and the beginning of refurbishment of the Parish Room.

If you are interested, a leaflet is available with more information. Please ask.

The Friends of Clare Priory produce a newsletter four times a year. To see the latest edition please follow this link (opens in new window/tab)

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Nestling on the north bank of the river Stour in the heart of rural Suffolk lies the thriving  and historic little town of Clare. The remains of the medieval castle, once the seat of the powerful de Clare family, attract many visitors, as do the town’s charming cafes, pubs and antique shops.

There are 183 listed buildings in Clare, and 5 religious buildings. There are three domestic Grade 1 houses: Cliftons and Nethergate House in Nethergate Street, and the Ancient House in Church Street.

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