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Clovelly Village

Clovelly Village

Clovelly Village

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Clovelly is a unique village once owned by the Queen of England. From Elizabethan days until today, it has been in private ownership, which has helped preserve its original atmosphere.

Clinging to a 400 foot cliff in North Devon, it has no vehicular traffic on its steeply cobbled street, just donkeys and sledges to move needed supplies to the flower-bedecked cottages.

The main traffic-free street known as 'up-a-long' and 'down-a-long', tumbles its cobbled way down to the tiny harbour, which is protected by an ancient stone breakwater. It is a descent through flower-strewn cottages broken only by little passageways and winding lanes that lead off to offer the prospect of more picturesque treasures.

Once a bustling fishing port, Clovelly was renowned for its herring and mackerel and today for lobster and crab. Although fishing has declined, it is still very much a part of village life. Sustainability is the key watchword.

There are many literary connections; Charles Kingsley lived here, Charles Dickens wrote about it and Rex Whistler featured it in much of his work. There are two museums, craft workshops for silk and pottery and an extensive souvenir shop in the Visitor Centre, where there is also a film of the village history.
It takes time to enjoy fully this very special place.

At the top of the cliffs you will find the Visitor Centre in which there is a range of gift shops, a café and an audio-visual theatre where visitors are treated to a history of the village. Just beyond the centre there is the Stable Yard with a pottery and silk workshop. The New Inn, which is 400 years old, is halfway down the street, and another, the Red Lion, is right on the quayside. Both inns have long histories and an atmosphere rarely found in the modern world. The Sail loft is a recently renovated Grade II listed building adjacent to the Red Lion and provides a further 6 comfortable and stylish bedrooms. Together with wonderful sea views, the effect is a perfect maritime experience.

There are also stunning coastal and woodland walks along the cliff tops. Access is restricted to pedestrians only via the Visitor Centre with a Land Rover taxi service to and from the harbour (Easter to October) for which there is a small charge. Red Lion guests have road access with reserved parking just outside the hotel.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesAccepts groupsHelicopter landing

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Film showing the history of the village, craft workshops, two museums, Clovelly Court Gardens, two pretty inns offering snacks, cream teas, lunch and dinner. Partial access for wheelchair users. Mandarin guides available too.

Opening details

High season: 9am-6pm. Low season: 10am-4.30pm.

Prices

2017: Adult £7.25; Child (7-16yrs) £4.40; Children under 7 Free; Family (2+2) £18.40.
Group Rates (20+): Adult £6.00; Child £3.75. The entrance fee covers parking, admission to the film of village history, Fisherman's Cottage, Kingsley Museum, Clovelly Court Gardens, and contributes to the ongoing maintenance of the village to preserve its timeless charm and magic. Prices correct at time of going to press.

Address

Clovelly,
North Devon,
EX39 5TA

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SS 310251  Lat: 51.00092 Long: -4.40964

Clovelly is just off the A39, 10 miles west of Bideford. Exit the M5 at J27

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 20 miles from Barnstaple station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Film showing the history of the village, craft workshops, two museums, Clovelly Court Gardens, two pretty inns offering snacks, cream teas, lunch and dinner. Partial access for wheelchair users. Mandarin guides available too.

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Public Areas

  • YesBaby changing facilities