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Clovelly Village

  • Address: Nr Bideford, Devon
  • Postcode: EX39 5TA
  • Telephone: 01237 431781
  • About:

    Clovelly is a unique village once owned by the Queen of England. From Elizabethan days until today, Clovelly has been in private ownership, which has helped preserve its original atmosphere. Clinging to a 400 foot cliff, its steep, cobbled street tumbles past flower-strewn cottages down to the ancient fishing harbour and C14th quay, bringing glorious views.

    It is unusual in that it has no cars on its streets, donkeys and sledges being the only form of transport along its cobbled ways.
    There are many literary connections; Charles Kingsley lived here, Charles Dickens wrote about it, J M Turner painted it and the artist, Rex Whistler featured it in much of his work.
    Its fascinating history, spectacular views, extensive souvenir shop and a must-see film show of the history of the village at the Visitor Centre, craftsmen at work in the Silk Shop and Pottery (seasonal), famous donkeys, two museums (Charles Kingsley and Fisherman's Cottage) are a few of Clovelly's attractions, while others lie hidden down tiny winding side alleys just waiting to be discovered.
    Clovelly has two hotels: the 400 year old New Inn, in the heart of the village and the C18th Red Lion on the quay, which provide delicious lunches, dinners and Devon cream teas.
    Visit during one or our annual festivals (such as Seaweed in June, Maritime in July, Lobster and Crab in September and Herring in November) and there's no extra charge.

    The modest admission charge to Clovelly includes parking, the film of the village history before you visit the village, the two museums, Clovelly Court Gardens at the top of the village and a contribution to the preservation of this very special private estate. Dogs on leads are welcome.

  • Opening times & hours:

    Open all year except Christmas. Summer 9am - 6pm.  For other opening hours, please contact Visitor Centre reception.

  • Tickets information:

    Admission (including Clovelly Court Gardens): Adults £7.25 Children (7-16) £4.40. Under 7s free. Family (2A+2C) £18.40. Dogs on leads welcome.