Coaches and Groups
This historic, fishing village offers a wonderful half day out with a calm reflection of the days when speed, noise and stress were not what they are today. It allows the visitor to relax and imbibe the spirit of a quiet community, focussed on the lives of its people rather than electronics and world economics. This atmosphere is embodied in a traffic-free cobbled street tumbling down the steep hill to the ancient fishing harbour with glorious views, winding side alleyways of flower-bedecked cottages and Clovelly’s famous donkeys along the way.
There are many literary connections; Charles Kingsley lived here, Charles Dickens wrote about it, William Turner painted it and the artist, Rex Whistler, was inspired to draw a Clovelly design.
For the best possible experience, we strongly recommend that groups first watch the film show of the history of the village at the Visitor centre, then browse the shops and craft centre before strolling down the street to the working port, visiting Kingsley Museum and Fisherman's Cottage along the way. If a guided tour is booked, groups will be taken to see the secret jewels of Clovelly often missed by visitors. There are two old inns serving delicious food, local ales and cider and light snacks can be had on the quayside at the Quay and Seafood Shops. The inns, with 37 rooms, can also accommodate overnight stays. There is a Land Rover service (Easter to October), for which there is a small charge, to take you back to the Visitor Centre.
Our group rates are one of the lowest entrance fees in the West Country and include coach parking, entry to the audio-visual film, two museums, Clovelly Court Gardens and a contribution to the preservation of this very special private estate.
We offer tour operators and group organisers:
- Big discount on the standard entrance fee for groups of 20+ at just £6 per A. and £3.75 per C. (7-16) from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.
- Guided tours available. Discounts for groups of 15+ at £3 per adult. Click on HERE to see video.
- A pre-booked ‘Meet and Greet’ service for your group.
- Discounted cream teas at the New Inn and Visitor Centre Cafeteria: £5.10
- Free entry for driver and group leader
- Generous allowance of £10 each for the driver and group leader against a main meal and drink at the Visitor Centre cafeteria
- 10% discount vouchers for drivers to shop at the Visitor Centre
- Coach parking in a designated area for coaches close to the Visitor Centre and free coach washing facilities
- Free family entry for coach drivers on a separate occasion
You should allow around two to three hours for a visit including lunch or a cream tea.
And all visitors can enjoy our main annual events at no extra charge, such as the Seaweed Festival in June; Maritime Festival in July, Lobster and Crab Feast in September and Herring Festival in November. Please visit the homepage for the event dates.
Opening times: Open all year except for Christmas and free entry for Boxing Day. During the summer months, from 9 am to 6 pm. For other opening times, please call the Visitor Centre, Tel: 01237 431781 or email: email@example.com
Booking information: All group visits and guided tours must be pre-booked. Payment: Cash or credit/debit card on the day of visit or invoicing by prior arrangement.
Tour planners can rely on a dedicated one point of contact, Peter Townsend, Visitor Centre Manager, for bespoke visits and packages. Tel: 01237 431288. Mob: 07585 807787. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org c.c. email@example.com
Clovelly Village Tours
Jana Edwards runs Clovelly Village Tours. She is a mine of information about village history and traditions, and an enthusiastic guide for interested visitors. Join one of her tours and you’ll gain valuable insights into what makes Clovelly such a unique place to visit in North Devon. She loves sharing her knowledge, and you are bound to go away enlightened and enthused. Judged by the Trip Advisor comments, taking a Clovelly Village Tour is a MUST.
The Land Rover Service (available Easter to October)
The walk down through Clovelly village to the harbour is hugely enjoyable. However, the village street is steep and cobbled. If you walk down you can take the fare-paying Land Rover service back to the top. If you are infirm, please ask the Visitor Centre reception to book a seat in the Land Rover to take you down and back up, for which there is a small charge.
- You should allow around two to three hours for a visit, including a cream tea or lunch.
- Please note that the High Street in Clovelly is steep and can be slippery - so visitors
must wear sensible footwear.
- The street is not suitable for wheelchairs, however the Visitor Centre, donkey stables,
craft workshops and Mount Pleasant are all wheelchair accessible and make an enjoyable
outing in themselves as well as Clovelly Court Gardens. There are WCs for the disabled
at the Visitor Centre and Clovelly Court Gardens .
Clovelly is just off the A39, 10 miles west of Bideford. Exit the M5 at Junction 27. Nearest train station is Barnstaple. Buses run from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly.
Please note that the High Street in Clovelly is steep and can be slippery - so do wear sensible footwear. The street is not suitable for wheelchairs, however the Visitor Centre, donkey stables, craft workshops and Mount Pleasant are all wheelchair accessible and make an enjoyable outing in themselves.
Dogs are welcome on leads.
Clovelly Visitor Centre, nr Bideford, Devon EX39 5TA
Tel: 01237 431781, Fax: 01237 431644