Clovelly Visitor Centre begins your tour back to another time.
Clovelly Visitor Centre is modelled on a traditional Devon long barn.
The interior is light and spacious.
You’ll find a popular café where you can sit on the terrace and enjoy dramatic views of the North Devon coast and Bideford Bay.
There are shops where you can buy a range of gifts, including bargain-priced books, jewellery, souvenirs of your visit, and delicious home-made fudge.
Before you leave to set off down into the village accessibility can be challenging, we have created an accessibility guide help with your visit. Also do watch the free 20-minute film of the village’s fascinating history.
Visitors say that it adds hugely to the enjoyment of their visit.
Suspended from the Clovelly visitor Centre ceiling you’ll see a fishing boat unique to Clovelly and a faithful replica, the ‘Picarooner’. With its shallow draft, rounded bilges and high transom the boat can get out to sea faster and return earlier on the tide.
This was very much stealing a march on bigger boats in their pursuit of Clovelly’s tasty herrings, the ‘Silver Darlings’.
After leaving the Visitor Centre, do visit the craft workshops and donkey stables in the Lower Yard, before reaching the cobbles that welcome you into the village.
Refreshments are always available at the New Inn or enjoy one at the Red Lion on the quay.
The entrance charge helps keep this ancient village open and safe to the public.
It also includes parking, admission to the film show, Charles Kingsley and Fisherman’s Cottage museums.
Charles Kingsley was the Victorian author of ‘The Water Babies’ and Westward Ho! who lived in the village.
You are also free to visit Clovelly Court Gardens at the top of the village.
A day out or short break at Clovelly is always hugely enjoyable.
Do come along and see what the village has to offer for the perfect family day out.