Clovelly is a beautiful, picturesque fishing village, steeped in maritime atmosphere and history. It was once owned by the Queen of England!Book Tickets
Admission Prices 2023
|Child (aged 7 – 16)||£5.10|
|Young Child (under 7’s)||Free|
|Family (2 adults & 2 children)||£23.60|
|Adult (Season Ticket)||£28.65|
|Family (Season Ticket)||£68.50|
You can book online here.
From Elizabethan days until today, Clovelly has been in private ownership, which has helped preserve its original atmosphere.
A substantial part of your fee contributes towards the maintenance of the village, which plays a vital role in ensuring Clovelly retains its unique charm and character. The costly restoration work is carried out to rigorous standards, with slate being replaced with slate, and oak with oak.
Your admission also includes free parking.
Clovelly is just off the A39, 10 miles west of Bideford. Exit the M5 at Junction 27.
Nearest train station: Barnstaple.
Buses run from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly.
Nearest airport: Exeter.
You can park in the Visitor Centre Car Park, which is included in your admission ticket.
The small Beach and Fisherman’s car parks are reserved for permit holders only.
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Discount for families of 2 Adults and 2 Children. Under 7s have free entry.
Visitors can only gain access to the village on foot.
Your entrance fee to Clovelly covers:
For the best possible experience, we strongly recommend that you first watch the audio-visual 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.
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For the best possible experience, we strongly recommend that groups first watch the audio-visual 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. If a guided tour is booked, groups will be taken to see the secret jewels of Clovelly often missed by visitors.
Summer: 09:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. (Open all year except Christmas)
For other opening times, please contact Visitor Centre reception: 01237 431781.
During winter months, Clovelly Estate Company staff advise visitors that the independently operated businesses situated in Clovelly are open at the discretion of each shop owner.
Our visitors often tell us that the added peace and tranquility of visiting Clovelly during off-peak times affords a more intimate look at life in Clovelly and its community who live in this unique fishing village.
Please note that the High Street in Clovelly is not suitable for wheelchairs, however the Visitor Centre, donkey stables, craft workshops and Mount Pleasant are all accessible as are Clovelly Court Gardens and make an enjoyable outing in themselves.
If you feel unable to manage the steep cobbled street, please ask the Visitor Centre Reception to book a seat on a Land Rover to take you down to the harbour and back up, for which there is a small charge. The service is usually available from Easter to October, unless suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
WCs for the disabled are available at the Visitor Centre and Clovelly Court Gardens.
Head to our accessibility guide here for more information.
Our famous cobbled street is 20% steep and can be slippery, so do wear sensible footwear.
You should allow around two to three hours for a visit to include lunch or a cream tea. Why not break the stroll back up the hill with refreshments stops, as well as visits to the gift shops, museums, craft workshops and donkey stables.
Visitors with prams and buggies may well find it a struggle. Most of the young families who live in Clovelly rely on baby slings and child carriers to walk up or down the cobbles.
The walk down through Clovelly village to the harbour is hugely enjoyable, but very challenging. We do not recommend this for people with mobility issues if the Land Rover service is suspended.
Dogs on leads are very welcome. Dog litter bins can be found on the street and at the harbour. If you have not brought dog litter bags, please ask the Visitor Centre reception to give you some.
The award-winning Clovelly Visitor Centre was built in 1988 and has a number of modern-day facilities to keep the village unchanged. There is a popular cafeteria, souvenir shop and a wide range of gifts including books, jewellery and delicious Clovelly fudge.
The building is modelled on a traditional Devon long-barn and houses a ‘Picarooner’ fishing boat, unique to Clovelly, suspended from the ceiling and a Victory ship model on display.
Before setting off down the street, we recommend that you make the most of your visit by watching the 20-minute audio-visual film telling the fascinating history of Clovelly. Visitors tell us that it adds hugely to the enjoyment of their visit.
Opening times: 1st April to 30th September, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Wheelchair accessible and WC for the disabled.
The entry charge to Clovelly Village includes free admission. If you just wish to visit the gardens there is a small entry charge. You’ll find them to the right at the top of the village, following the path to All Saints Church.
Clovelly Court Garden is a classic example of a lovingly restored Victorian walled kitchen garden, including magnificent lean-to glasshouses with their original manual levers.
Peaches, apricots, nectarines, vines, citrus fruit, figs, cucumbers, peppers, chillies, aubergines and tomatoes can be bought, in season, together with cut flowers and pot plants from the nursery.
Espalier fan and cordon fruit trees line the walls enclosing the garden, which also shelter vegetables grown to organic principles and in rotation, ensuring sweet tasting and wholesome produce for sale. The Red Lion and the New Inn are both supplied with the fruit and vegetables from the gardens.
The unique maritime microclimate of the garden is produced by the effects of the warm Gulf stream flowing past Clovelly, which with its enviable sheltered position in the Bristol Channel allows the growth of tender and exotic plants.
You’ll find that there’s always something to see and enjoy.
When you arrive at the harbour and the Red Lion hotel, you can enjoy a stroll across the pebbled beach past the Lifeboat House and along the shore. You’ll be rewarded with stunning sea views and the sight of a picturesque waterfall pouring over the cliff face.
There is a cave behind where legend tells that Merlin, the Arthurian magician, was born. The source of the waterfall is slightly more prosaic! The stream once flowed down the village street, but was then diverted when mains water arrived in the village and now emerges here as a waterfall.
From the quay you can take a boat trip around the bay, a booked chartered fishing trip or voyage to Lundy Island.
During the winter months, the Visitor Centre reception will advise you that the independently operated businesses in Clovelly are open at the discretion of each shop owner.
Visitors often tell us that the added peace and tranquillity of visiting Clovelly during off-peak times affords a more intimate look at life in Clovelly and the community who live in this unique fishing village.
The Clovelly donkeys are a must-see part of any family visit to North Devon. You’ll find their picturesque old stables below the Visitor Centre and just beyond the craft workshops.
Mention Clovelly to most people and they’ll straight away say ‘donkeys’. They carried the fishermen’s heavy baskets of herring up the narrow cobbled street from the harbour, as well as other heavy loads for the villagers.
Today the donkeys enjoy a more restful existence, giving rides to visiting children in the summer. Donkeys can be seen by the Victoria Fountain from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm during the summer months. Make sure you pose for a photograph with them – the donkeys love the attention and your children will be entranced and enthralled.
The impossibility of having vehicular access to the cobbled street led to the every day use of sledges as a matter of practicality. Goods to be delivered to residents, businesses and The New Inn, are all pulled down the hill from the upper car park. Refuse is pulled down the hill by sledge to a waiting vehicle at the harbour. Sledges are made and maintained by residents and business owners in the village. Each sledge is unique and a vital piece of equipment for Clovelly families, which is used to bring shopping home, as well as furniture, etc.
Clovelly is a privately owned village, with full time occupation of cottages a condition of tenancy. There are no holiday homes in Clovelly. The strong and vibrant community of Clovelly residents take great pride in our unique village. Houses are occupied by families who live and work in the area and many have had a long association with the village as fishermen, residents, estate workers or they work for the village businesses, some going back for many generations.
There are 83 houses and circa 300 residents. The numbering of the houses is unusual in that it starts from the top down the left-hand side of the street (known as ‘Down-a-long’) and then from the harbour up the other side of the street (known as ‘Up-a-long’) so that the first and last numbered cottages are both at the top of the high street.
Clovelly is a ‘living’ village with a thriving community of residents living in the beautiful white-washed cottages situated along the famous cobbled street, but there is one fascinating cottage which is well worth a visit and will offer you valuable insights into Clovelly’s rich fishing past.
The Fisherman’s Cottage is packed with fascinating information and old photographs that give a vivid picture of Clovelly’s fishing heritage.
Inside you can see how a Clovelly fisherman and his family lived in the 1930s. The parlour is decorated with domestic treasures of the period, including simple cottage furniture, colourful pictures and religious engravings, and china and ornaments. The tiny kitchen is plain but full of period charm. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, one small and the other still smaller, a sail loft, and an attic complete with straw mattresses.
If you walk along the side alley by the Kingsley Museum cottage, just a few yards down from the New Inn, you’ll see the pretty little Fisherman’s Cottage, a very special North Devon attraction.
Yes, Village Tours bring the history and stories of this famous little village to life. To pre-book please call the Visitor Centre: 01237 431781 or email email@example.com.
You will come away with stories and information that make the village tour an exceptional experience.
With FREE entrance into the village all day, the Clovelly Boxing Day BBQ should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day with all your family and friends.
Enjoy a BBQ with live music on the quay. Cooking starts at midday and the live music runs from 1pm to 3pm.