Clare Ancient House Museum
26 High Street
Clare Ancient House is a Grade 1 Listed Building, dating in part to the 14th and, in part, the 15th century. It may have served as a shop, and has certainly been a bakery, a workhouse and a dwelling for the Church sexton. It is most famous for its 17th-century decorative pargeting, of which it is a well known example. The Museum it now houses aims to interpret the history of Clare through its artefacts, its photographs and special exhibitions.
Museum, Historic house or home
Easter and May-September
Thurs Fri Sun 14.00-17.00, Sat and Bank Holidays 11.30-17.00
Closed: October-April, except Easter
Adults and over 16s: £1.00
Children under 16: Free
CD-roms on the historic buildings and people of Clare, including some local genealogical information.
The East wing is leased to the Landmark Trust, for holiday lets.
Largely Victorian and early 20th-century domestic and agricultural artefacts for Clare and environs. Photographs of local buildings, people and events. Historical issues are explored in explanatory panels around the walls, and through pamphlets available for purchase.
Social History, Personalities, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology, Agriculture