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Clovelly (Village), Bideford

Place to visit

This fascinating, historic fishing village is a unique destination, which was once owned by the Queen of England. With a pedestrian-only, cobbled street leading down past pretty cottages to a charming fishing harbour and 14th century quay, Clovelly enjoys stunning views out to sea.

Where is Clovelly (Village) located?

Clovelly is situated on the North West coast of Devon, between Bideford and Bude, with easy access from the A39.

Details on what activities are available at Clovelly (Village)?

Visitors can take in a film about the history of the village, explore silk and pottery workshops, and discover the Charles Kingsley Museum and the Fisherman's Cottage Museum. There are two friendly inns in Clovelly, as well as the charming Clovelly Court Gardens, and the famous Clovelly donkeys.

Things to do in the local area?

Visitors to Clovelly can also enjoy a boat trip to Lundy, home to thousands of puffins. Other notable attractions in the area include Hartland Abbey, with its stunning gardens, Hartland Quay, with spectacular cliffs, and Docton Mill Gardens, with gentle wildflower gardens and and excellent tea room.

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Parking Available


Facilities & Information

Features and facilities

Dog friendly


16th century buildings

17th century buildings

18th century buildings

Child Friendly

Guided tours

Gift shop

Information provided


Woodland walks

Free public car parking (nearby)




Guided Tours

Parking Available




Tea Room


Picnic area

Extra info

Closed Times: Christmas

Nearest Airport: Exeter

Nearest Train Station: Barnstaple

Open Times: Summer 09:00-18:00

Price Details: Adult £7.95, Child (7-16) £4.60, Family (2+2) £21.50, Under 7s free.


01237 431781
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Clovelly, Bideford, Devon, BidefordEX39 5TA, United Kingdom

Leave the M5 at Junction 27. Clovelly is just off the A39, 10 miles west of Bideford. And 17 miles from the opposite direction, Bude, Cornwall,


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Clovelly (Village)

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Something different and well worth it We turned up here without knowing what was here, so i asked the helpful lady inside the shop. She briefly explained, and it seemed like something different. Well, it certainly is that. A mere £7.25 each (£2.50 of that goes towards car parking). An amusing walk down a long and winding road on slippy cobbles brings you to a wonderful "chocolate box" village. Going into the fishermans cottage was fascinating, learning about the village and those that lived there. The Quay is just stunning and looking bac...

Clovelly (Village)

5* Amazing, interesting, quirky. I knew what to expect when visiting Clovelly - having wanted to visit for many years. I wasn't disappointed. It's a residential, working village. It has the added attraction of the spectular views, the quirky cobbled stone walkway, and beautiful, to die for houses. Having seen pictures of the village full of people in summer, it was nice to visit in the winter months and just do what we enjoy; wandering around at a leisurely pace taking in everything around us. We hope to be back to experience Clovelly in summer...

Clovelly (Village)

5* Never been to Clovelly so decided to give it a try. It was a beautiful place for visit. Very quiet but I can imagine how busy it must get in the summer. It is a very interesting place to visit. Kath P. Dorset

Clovelly (Village)

4* The view from the top is wonderful and glimpses of the harbour on the way down made the walk totally worthwhile. There is a small museum house worth going through and reading about how the village came to be. There are a couple of pubs in the village but we chose to have pasties from the little shop at the harbour front. Sandra F., Hampshire

Clovelly (Village)

4 * A pretty fishing village set on a steep hill. Little cobbled streets and pretty cottages lead down to a small harbour. Was a very windy day but once you get into the Village, it's very protected so you don't feel the wind. Cobbles are slippy when wet though so make sure you are wearing flat shoes with a good grip. The Fisherman's cottage you can look around has some good historical information about the Village and the attached small museum also holds some interesting information about the author of the Water babies, Charles Kingsley who gr...

Clovelly (Village)

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Devon's Secret Wow! What an amazing place for all the family. A village lost in time. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book. You must wear comfy walking shoes as the streets are cobbled. Also take into account the climb back up after you've reached the harbour and refreshed yourself. The village cottages are all so quirky and different, arranged in an uneven pattern and decked in bright foliage. I was there in Autumn but flowers were blooming everywhere. Truly a spectacle of loveliness. I simply have to go again.

Clovelly (Village)

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I am totally in love with this quaint, beautiful village. There are many attractions to this amazing part of North Devon. The steep cobbled streets are full of historical attractions and overlook a picturesque fishing harbour and the sea. At the visitors centre you have the opportunity to view a film all about the history of the village.Such a lovely relaxed break making memories in a beautiful village.

Clovelly (Village)

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Nicky, Strood. Visited here for the second time in a year in October 2017. I am totally in love with this quaint, beautiful village. There are many attractions to this amazing part of North Devon. The steep cobbled streets are full of historical attractions and over look a picturesque fishing harbour and the sea. At the visitors centre you have the opportunity to view a film all about the history of the village. We stayed at the Red Lion where we had a beautiful room with en suite facilities.

Clovelly (Village)

Beautiful Village Found on the north devon coast Just up from Hartland Point Privately owned village perched on steep slope . Cobbled streets, lots of hanging fuschias, sleepy cats, two pubs, the New Inn half way down and at the bottom is the Red Lion both owned by the same company. (Both do a good B &B) a couple of gift shops and a methodist chapel. Just beautiful to look at, famous clovelly donkeys You can take a landrover ride from top to bottom if stayung. Try the lobster at the Red Lion. Locally caught In the evening sit outside...

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