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Clovelly Village

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Clovelly Village Devon is a picturesque, historic, fishing village, steeped in maritime atmosphere and history, and was once owned by the Queen of England.

This atmosphere is embodied in a traffic-free, cobbled street with flower-strewn cottages, tumbling down a cleft in the 400-foot cliff to the ancient fishing harbour and 14th-century quay bringing glorious views along the way. Just donkeys and sledges move needed supplies to the village.

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.
It promises visitors a wonderful half day out, full of memories and staying a night or two is a very good thing to do.

The modest admission charges include parking, a must-see film show of the history of the village, access to craft workshops for silk and pottery, Charles Kingsley and Fisherman’s Cottage museums, seeing the famous donkeys, two welcoming inns, Clovelly Court Gardens at the top of the village and a contribution to the preservation of this very special private estate.

Visit any of the annual festivals such as “Seaweed” June, “Maritime” July, “Lobster and Crab” September and “Herring” November and there is no extra charge.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is entry to Clovelly?

1st April 2023 to 29th February 2024: Adult £8.75, Child (aged 7-16) £5.10, Young Child under 7 Free. Family (2 adults & 2 children) £23.60. Adult (season ticket) £28.65, Family (season ticket) £68.50

What is there to do at Clovelly?

Check out our shops, galleries and museums. Try your hand at our arts and crafts workshops, charter a boat for a fishing trip, meet the donkeys, or take a stroll along the beautiful cliffs, beaches and through the village

What are the facilities like at Clovelly Village?

There is parking, shops, a visitor centre, gardens, museums. There are toilets at the visitor centre and Clovelly Court Gardens. There is a Landrover Service that runs from Easter to October on a restricted service from 10am to 4.30pm.

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WoW, such a beautiful place, very steep hill, lovely views can’t recommend this place enough. Glad of the lift back up.

Davey Ansell, Leighton Buzzard, UK

What an amazing place. So beautiful and well looked after. The scenery is spectacular. It’s a long walk down and I was quite nervous about the return journey (there is an option to get a Land Rover if you can’t face it).

Walking up is actually a lot easier than expected. We didn’t stop on the way down so had plenty of things to stop and peruse on the way back up, including an obligatory stop for a cream tea at The New Inn….. it was well deserved (and sooooo delicious – great portion). I would definitely recommend giving this place a go. Even if you do end up taking the easy way back up.

Emilee83, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Interesting place, clean air, fresh seafood, great place to walk, explore and spend the day………

frazzel83, Melbourne, Australia

Hello like to tell how much we enjoyed our day like going back in time seeing the old culture of a fishing village yes the way down is really steep but I managed it even with a disability but the Land Rover back up was a godsend . We ate at the Red lion pub which I can highly recommend thank you again and will definitely be visiting again soon

Barry141, Kent

Clovelly is as pretty and quaint as you could imagine a coastal village to be. There is a large car park at the top of the cliffs and you have to pay £7.50 to enter the village and it is a steep walk to the bottom along cobbled streets and steps (wear sensible shoes!). Both downhill and uphill walks are fairly tough, so if you are overweight or unfit, think twice before doing it. The cottages along the way are beautiful and there are at least two pubs and two tea rooms on route. It is definitely one of those tick box places that must be visited.

James F Holt, UK

Although this village is pretty touristy it really is a place one should visit. You have to pay to go in which seems a little peculiar but it really is a spectacular (if steep ) walk down to the sea. There are a few interesting historical buildings on the way down, plenty of opportunities for cream teas/ice creams and drinks and photo stops galore


Nothing prepared me for the beauty of this place. I am absolutely bowled over.
It’s like stepping back in time into a long gone era.
With proper cobbled streets and beautiful whitewashed cottages. The paths lead down to the small harbour.
The steps are quite steep and bit hard on your knees, there is transport up and down if required but you would miss so much,
I really recommend this place. There are eating places and pubs so lunch is no problem. Fisherman’s cottage worth a look at too.

eveandjez, Kent

This is a real must to see! But very steep and rough steps. The village is so beautiful and picturesque. There are a few places to get food and drink but will get very busy at peak season. We saw many people with walking difficulties walking down. When at the bottom there is a car that can take you back up (for a fee). You can go by car both ways but you will miss the sights. Definitely and must see.


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