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Clovelly, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5TA

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Clovelly, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5TA

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Summary

Clovelly is a picturesque, historic, fishing village, steeped in maritime atmosphere and history, once owned by the Queen of England. This atmosphere is embodied in a traffic-free, cobbled street with flower-strewn cottages, tumbling down a cleft in the 400 foot cliff to the ancient fishing harbour and C14th quay bringing glorious views along the way.

Where is Clovelly (Village) located?

Clovelly lies on the North West Devon coast between Bideford and Bude. It is easily found on the A39.

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

There is much to see and do - a must-see film show of the history of the village, craft workshops for silk and pottery, Charles Kingsley and Fisherman's Cottage museums, seeing the famous donkeys, two welcoming inns and Clovelly Court Gardens at the top of the village.

Things to do in the local area?

Enjoy a trip to romantic Lundy, Norse for the island of puffins. It lies 12 miles off the coast from Clovelly and you can book a trip there. Visit nearby Hartland Abbey, owned by the Stucley family, with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations. The beautiful gardens and grounds are so well worth walking through. The spectacular cliffs at Hartland Quay with their incredibly contorted rock layers are always worth a visit. Docton Mill Gardens & Tea Rooms lie in a stunning valley a little to the west. The wildflower gardens are really lovely and the cream teas too.

Information on Clovelly (Village) , Clovelly , Bideford

Opening Times: Summer 09:00-18:00
Admission: Adult £7.50, Child (7-16) £4.50, Family (2+2) £20.00, Under 7s free.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (On leads)
Location: 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,
Facilities: Clovelly Court Gardens, Donkey stables, Visitor Centre, two hotels, Boat and fishing trips, Beautiful walks along the cliff tops in both directions, two museums, Coaches welcome, Craft workshops, Guided tours, Limited disabled access, please check prior to visit, Parking included in admission fee, Restaurant, Café

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Wed 26 Dec 2018 – Wed 26 Dec 2018

Join us for our Boxing Day Barbecue on the quay at Clovelly. With FREE entrance into the village all day, why not take a walk on the estate then come along to the barbecue where there will be live music and mulled wine. It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day.

  • Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-91611

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Maritime Festival & Lifeboat Weekend

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This year the Maritime Festival and the Lifeboat Weekend are joining forces for a thrilling family fun-filled weekend. On Saturday, watch the Clovelly Cup Yacht Race and the two mile sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly. On both Saturday and Sunday there is a packed programme of activities for all the family. It includes live music, street entertainment, event-themed arts & crafts, mermaid storytelling, competitions, games, Punch & Judy, face painting, children's activities, stalls selling delicious food, lifeboat operational displays and more. Free entry for under 16s who come in maritime-themed costumes. In aid of the R.N.L.I.

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Start: 09:00

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Finish: 18:30

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Standard adult entry charge: £7.75

Location

Clovelly, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5TA

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Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Little UCustomer visited Feb 2018

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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 back up gives you the most wonderful views. It is steeped in history of pirates and fishing. We had a pit stop at the Red Lion, which again is a lovely historic pub.
Now we were all up for the huge up hill walk back... but instead opted for the Land Rover experience to save our legs! We then had enough energy left to see the donkeys and a look around the shop.
I would highly recommend this place to everyone, its like going back in time.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by J NCustomer visited Jan 2018

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. J.N, London.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Kath PCustomer visited Jan 2018

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


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by P WCustomer visited Jan 2018

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 grew up there. There are a couple of good pubs and tea rooms to stop and catch your breath on the way back up the hill. The donkeys are lovely and the pottery shed provides arts crafts for the whole family. On a clear day the views would be spectacular and it must be really pretty in the summer. It's a really pretty village that takes you back in time.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Sandra FCustomer visited Jan 2018

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


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Minnie GCustomer visited Oct 2017

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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.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Nicky 1Customer visited Oct 2017

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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.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Susan HCustomer visited Oct 2017

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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.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Chrisja ICustomer visited Jul 2017

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 the pub and watch the sun go down with the fishing boats bobbing around, little lights twinkling in the cabins. The sea breeze is intoxicating Just pure Devon ish heaven,
There is a tourist centre at the top (pricey! Be aware)
One of my favourite places in the UK.
if you fancy a swim go to Hartland point , just along the coast . Also visit Bucks Mills nearby.
Take lots of pictures explore the coastline.
Just go, its fabulous. ..?


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Tara FCustomer visited Jul 2017

Lovely Beautiful Village
Really enjoyed our visit to Clovelly, it is a beautiful village full of charm. We were lucky with the weather which really made it stunning!

There is an entry fee which I didn't realise beforehand (didn't really do my research!) however this does cover parking and a few other things included, although a little high I think it helps Clovelly keep its charm without becoming too touristy, busy etc.

There are a couple of cafes and the red lion hotel at the bottom is also a restaurant/bar to get a drink. The path is very steep on the way down (would advise on trainers!) and saw a lot of people who attempted to use pushchairs leave them at the top of the hill.

There are also 2 coastal paths at the top of the village after the visitor centre and we spent a few hours doing this as well during our visit.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Evie FCustomer visited Jul 2017

We visited on Thursday as a group of 11 including 3 young children ages 3-11.
I was initially concerned that there wouldn't be a lot to amuse the children but I was totally wrong. The entrance fee wasn't unreasonable considering the beauty of this place and how reasonable everything else is.
We started with a visit to the craft sheds and the older children had a turn on the potter's wheel for £5 each and made a pot. Leaving them to dry we went to see the donkeys and had a stroke before taking a walk down the cobbled streets stopping off at the cottage tea rooms. There we sat in the garden taking in the beautiful views, enjoying a selection of sandwiches. The children's lunches comprising of a full sandwich, home made cookie and a drink was great value for money and delicious too. At the bottom, we went on a boat trip £5 each and it was a best opportunity to view Clovelly from the sea and meet the harbour man and we even bumped into the owner of Clovelly. We then took a walk along the beach to the waterfall and had a paddle.
In the walk back up the village, we stopped again at the cottage tea rooms and had a cream tea - delicious!
The donkeys were waiting again so a donation into the pot and the kids could have sat on one but our 3-year-old was not keen. Back at the craft sheds all of the children painted a piece of pottery £5 each - this kept them entertained for a while longer whilst we browsed the shop. Our youngest purchased a wooden truck made by the potter's father in Clovelly. Our 8 year old had a donkey ride and our day was complete. We had spent nearly 5 hours in Clovelly and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our 3 year old coped without the buggy and our other two saw the streets as a good challenge.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Laura WCustomer visited Jul 2017

Cobbly Walk to a Beautiful Place
A beautiful place that is only accessible by foot down a cobbled path (sensible shoes recommend).
We started down the path, at the first stop we met some of the donkeys that they keep, also visited the pottery shop. The kids had great fun making their own pots with Caroline Curtis.
We then continued down and stopped for lunch at Cottage tea rooms, which was delish. We finally got to the bottom and had a walk around the harbour, where we met Stephen who runs boat trips around the harbour. After an entertaining boat trip, we walked across the pebble beach to see the waterfall that we spotted from the boat.
On our ascent back up the cobbles we stopped again at the tea rooms for cream teas (to help our walk up).
Again we stopped at the pottery shop to pick up the pots from Caroline. The kids decided they wanted to paint pots with Caroline, and see the donkeys again.
We thought we would only be there for half a day but ended up staying the whole day.
We would like say a special thank you to Caroline who provides fantastic and inexpensive activities for both kids and the big kids at heart.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Rich BCustomer visited Jul 2017

Back to Clovelly
Every time we've holiday end in North Devon, we always spent a 1/2 day wandering around the quaint, old fashioned fishing village of Clovelly. I think this was the 3rd or 4th time we've visited.
A few points to note; access is down heavily cobbled streets, which I would expect to be slippery during wetter conditions (it's always been dry when we've been there) - sensible shoes are a necessity. The path down from the visitors centre, though the village to the seafront is VERY steep; going down is ok, going back up is tiring though. But the good news is that there is a land rover service (available for an additional charge) for those not wishing or able to attempt the arduous climb back up the hill.
For those walking, the views are spectacular as you wander your way down & well worth a bit of exercise.
There are also several ice cream opportunities, cream teas and a couple of pubs for good measure.
If you are able to, I recommend a short easterly walk away from the quay area, where you will find a lovely waterfall. Not huge, but worth photographing certainly. Getting there isn't necessarily easy, however; negotiating the very stony beach can be tricky!
We think visiting Clovelly is a must - I guess that's why we've been there so often - & we never tire of the lovely views and nice atmosphere of the village.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Dale HCustomer visited May 2017

Plenty of parking for quite a lot of visitors, you do pay for entry but it does entitle you or others to go back in the next 7 days. However, the cost is worth it.
At the top are the Donkey stables, pottery where my daughter made a vase which we collected on the way up for a small donation.
Lots of steps down mostly cobblestones, however, you can get a land rover down as the donkeys don't do that anymore.
The views are spectacular all the way down, pretty houses and gardens, the coastline, at the bottom there is a pebble beach, a waterfall which is worth seeing, a small sand beach, fishing boats and some places to eat.
Spectacular for sure.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Nikki GCustomer visited May 2017

Clovelly is truly a one of a kind place to visit. Beautiful views, friendly locals and lovely donkeys! Wear suitable shoes, the terrain is a little difficult to walk on if you're not used to declines/inclines! It does cost £7.25 to get in, but I honestly feel its worth it.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Stephanie TCustomer visited May 2017

Went with the family, no young children, for the day, it was beautiful! They were filming for something, but we were not inconvenienced at all!
The walk down was beautiful like going back in time, interesting films about the village in the old chapel, the land rovers seemed like cheating to us so we walked back up, a little sweaty on such a beautiful day but worth it as we noticed things we hadn't on the way down.
A couple of the shops were shut but the ones that were open were lovely and quaint with friendly chatty staff.
We didn't visit any of the pubs although they looked lovely as did the tea room. The lady on the reception desk didn't charge for our elderly grandmother as she informed us politely that she probably couldn't make the walk. But did let her go for free to see the donkeys and the pottery and silk shop!


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Lesley ACustomer visited May 2017

What a beautiful village the climb down is extremely steep you can get a ride down but it would be a shame as you would miss out on this extraordinary place. When you get to the bottom the harbour is stunning everything just looks like a film set. A must place to visit
Visited May 2017.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Steve NCustomer visited May 2017

Like stepping back in time, this is a really picturesque village, well worth the walk down to the pub on the Quay, you don't have to walk back up you can have a ride back up in a Land Rover.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Georgina PCustomer visited May 2017

Absolutely beautiful!!! Stunning location, lovely pub lunch. The waterfall was lovely surprise by the beach. Great history here. Would definitely go again.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Bob MCustomer visited May 2017

Found this place by chance when bay hopping in Devon and what an amazing place it is. There is a £7.25 charge at the top of the cliff in the visitor centre and then you are free to wander down to the harbour and generally spend as long as you like exploring this amazing place. Cobbled streets, no cars allowed, goods brought in by human drawn sledges that you see outside all the houses - the donkeys have retired but are still there for photos.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Dale OCustomer visited May 2017

Its fantastic that this picturesque little village is bought privately. The owners have kept all its uniqueness and originality. The entrance fee is needed for the upkeep of the whole village. This would have been gone long ago. Great place visits on a sunny and dry day.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Graeme PCustomer visited May 2017

Well worth the £7.25 entrance fee! A great day out, very interesting, had a great chat with one of the residents. She was telling us of the American tourists, who don't believe it's a real village and keep walking into their houses. They cannot understand it's not a theme park. There are some great walks here and we didn't even get time to visit the house and gardens. Good way to get your exercise while on holiday and can't make the gym


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by G JCustomer visited May 2017

We visited Clovelly Village recently and did research the price before going, it was definitely worth paying £7.50 to see this beautiful little fishing village, and the history it holds. It was a lovely sunny day in May and after reaching the bottom managed to have a wander on the pebbly beach. We took the land rover at a cost of £1.50 to the halfway point and walked the rest of the way back to the top, if you want to go all the way back up using the Land Rover it costs £2.50. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the walk is not recommended for anyone who suffers from mobility, as it is very steep and would imagine very slippery when wet. There are gift shops, cafes and galleries to make purchases from.


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Posted on by Fopel FCustomer visited May 2017

This village is absolutely stunning, very quaint and like a time capsule. Need to be fit for the walk back up the hill.


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Posted on by Mark CCustomer visited Apr 2017

This is a must see attraction if you are able to negotiate steep cobbled slopes. There are options for disabled people to get lift to and from harbour level but you would miss a lot. There are a good range of businesses offering traditional food and drink options in addition to the visitor centre. Very photogenic. While we were there preparations for some filming were underway.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Rick ACustomer visited Apr 2017

Arrived to find things have drastically changed, you pay to enter the village, so we went for it. Glad we did the experience was good they have kept the place in good condition. We enjoyed the history film it was well made. The views and the houses we found were a great experience. We also found the walk down and up again good exercise for a couple of old townies.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Mary DCustomer visited Apr 2017

Clovelly is just as pretty as the photos show it to be. It is an attraction so you pay to go in, but it is well worth it. There are shops, pubs & places to eat. It is very steep & cobbled stoned, so you need sensible shoes, but there is a Landrover to take you back to the top if you do not want to walk back up hill. Our Grandchildren loved it there & the harbour a nice place to relax. There is a gift shop at the entrance to the village as well as several other shops in the parking area. A great day out.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Fred NCustomer visited Apr 2017

Only for the fittest travellers. Steep walks to the hotels in village proper, but well worth the walk. Like a movie set of old English fishing village perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by N ICustomer visited Apr 2017

Half way up (or down) the pedestrian-only Clovelly hill stands the New Inn. We stayed in a room with a delightful balcony and were blessed by weather that allowed us to sit out with the tea we had made with the room facilities. The room was on the small side but full of character, especially with the small patio door open and the muslin curtains stirring in the breeze. A roomy bathroom and large bath were en-suite. The breakfast was excellent (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and was served in a light and gracious room with a high beamed ceiling. A good walking and short break venue.


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by Bounty ECustomer visited Apr 2017

While on holiday we returned to this unique location some 30 years after the first visit. Apart from the car park and entrance with now a big shop the place still had the same charm. It was a bright but cold windy day on our visit but this did not spoil the day with its old houses and very steep cobble streets. It's like going back in time. Even today donkeys pull sledges up the streets because it is a no car area. We slowly got to the old harbour wall and sat in the sun drinking hot chocolate, sausage rolls and pasties with just the sounds of the waves and noise from the seagulls. Very enjoyable. If the climb back is too much for some you can get in the back of the Land Rover which takes you back to the top via a different route.
It might not be a good place if unsteady on foot and not wheel chair friendly.
Dogs welcome


Review of Clovelly (Village)

Posted on by F 5Customer visited Apr 2017

Visited Clovelly village in the early Spring and even though the weather was changeable the rustic charm of the place shone through from the picturesque harbour to steep cobbled street winding through the quaint rows of cottages. The informative museum, donkey sanctuary, craft shops and traditional fisherman's cottage to see. The locals were friendly and there were lots to see and do. Enjoyed an excellent cream tea while there. Highly recommend a visit.


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Posted on by David SCustomer visited Apr 2017

Amazing village - Visited April 2017

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