Discover for yourself why people come from all around the world to marvel at this timeless historic fishing village in North Devon.
The picturesque historic fishing village of Clovelly is uniquely special and was once owned by the Queen of England. From Elizabethan days until today Clovelly village has been in private ownership which has helped preserve its original atmosphere. Clinging to a 400' cliff. its traffic-free, steep, cobbled street tumbles its way down to the ancient fishing harbour and C14th quay. 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. Man-powered sledges transport all goods to the village, from groceries to furniture. Donkeys used to be the main form of transport for centuries, but now mainly give children rides during the summer or can be seen posing for photographs in the street.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 craft workshops for silk and pottery and an extensive souvenir shop in the Visitor Centre at the top.Clovelly has two hotels: the 400 year old New Inn in the heart of the village and the C18th Red Lion on the quay, which provide delicious lunches, dinners and Devon cream teas.There is much to see and do as well as events like the "Seaweed Festival" in June, "Maritime Festival" in July, "Lobster and Crab Feast" in September and the "Herring Festival" in November.The modest admission charge to Clovelly includes parking, the must-see audiovisual film of the village history before you visit the village, the two museums, Charles Kingsley and Fisherman's Cottage, and Clovelly Court Gardens. Dogs on leads are welcome. Part of the entry fee contributes to the ongoing maintenance of the village.
- Evening meals
- Open all year
- Reduced rates for children
Postcode: EX39 5TAClovelly is just off the A39, 10 miles west of Bideford. Exit the M5 at Junction 27.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station is Barnstaple. Buses run from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly.
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