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Bell Hotel

(37 Guest Reviews)

Guest Ratings

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 3.8
  • Value 3.9
  • Friendliness 4.3
  • Cleanliness 4.1
  • Facilities 3.8
  • Service 4.2
  • Location 4.5

Review Overall Rating

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Bell Hotel Information


Nestled in the heart of the beautiful town of Clare, The Bell Hotel is conveniently located between Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, 37 miles from Stansted Airport. Clare itself is rich in history with the Lords of De Clare jostling for position in the medieval court. Clare Castle was home to one of the richest women in England in 1350- Elizabeth De Burgh. In fact, one of the crown jewels was found nearby when the Victorian railway was being built. The Bell Hotel itself dates back to at least 1570 when it was known as The Green Dragon. Some of the beams are even older as they were taken from Clare Priory. Clare hosts several independent shops, a country park and antique dealers. There's plenty to see and do. Enjoy a comfortable stay in one of our 15 comfortable well appointed rooms, Guests staying in our rooms will enjoy feather down pillows and duvet’s, 500 thread count sheets , luxurious white cotton towels, complimentary high speed WIFI, complimentary bottled water, Paddy and Scott's Coffee and Tea Pig's Tea's along with house made fresh shortbread cookies. As a significant historic building it has it unique parts but we embrace this and offer a modern upscale environment for our guests. The Bell Hotel features a lounge, bar and a restaurant (Latitude 52) Latitude 52 will features fresh locally sourced ingredients emphasising British food with a modern twist prepared by our new culinary team. The food will be complemented with exclusive wines sourced from around the world.


  • Baggage store
  • Bar
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Wakeup call
  • Weddings & private parties
  • Bike lock-up
  • High speed internet
  • WiFi internet
  • Newspaper service
  • Plug adapters
  • Banking services / ATM
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Restaurant - starred
  • Coffee shop
  • Housekeeping - daily


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking
  • Off-site parking

Children's Facilities

  • Children's menu
  • Children's books, videos, games
  • Highchairs

Business Facilities

  • Desk working station
  • Meeting rooms
  • Photocopying
  • Printing
  • Conference & events


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Free breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Danish basket
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf - driving range
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Shopping
  • Antiques & fairs
  • Walking
  • Wine tasting
  • Group parties
  • History/science museums
  • Pub crawl


The hotel, restaurant and ground floor rooms are wheelchair accessible. Regrettably we do not have disabled toilet facilities but are happy to assist guests in any way possible.


Check in: 15:00 till 23:00
Early check-in available on request
Check out: 10:30
Late check-out available on request
Child Policy: Children welcome
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pets: Cats welcome, Dogs welcome, Pets by arrangement
Accommodation type: Hotel
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Road from Stansted Airport (36.5 miles)
    Follow the A120 towards Colchester, then take the A131 towards Sudbury. After around 3 miles turn left onto A1017 towards Haverhill. Follow the road for 12 miles and then turn right onto A1092 towards Clare. You will see The Bell Hotel ahead of you on the corner of the Cavendish (Sudbury) Road.
  • Road from Gatwick Airport (110.0 miles)
    Gatwick Airport Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP Head south-west towards Ring Rd S 27 s (0.1 mi) Continue on M23. Take M25 and M11 to A11 in Cambridgeshire 1 h 27 min (86.9 mi) Continue on A11. Take A1307 and A1017 to A1092 in Clare 33 min (23.0 mi)
  • Road from Heathrow Airport (99.0 miles)
    Leave Heathrow Airport and get on to the M25 Follow M25 and M11 to A11 in Cambridgeshire 1 h 14 min (75.2 mi) Continue on A11. Take A1307 and A1017 to A1092 in Clare
  • Road from London (70.0 miles)
    Take A3211 to E Smithfield/A1203 15 min (2.6 mi) Take N Circular Rd/A406, M11 and A120 to Gosfield Rd/A1017 in Braintree 1 h 4 min (55.1 mi) Continue on A1017. Take Clare Rd to A1092 in Clare


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