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Clovelly Village

Address: Off the A39 | Nr Bideford, Devon, Clovelly EX39 5TA, England
Phone Number: +44 1237 431781
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Ranked #6 of 8 Attractions in Clovelly
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Clovelly, North Devon. World famous for our cobbled, traffic-free street, donkeys, sledges and...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Clovelly, North Devon. World famous for our cobbled, traffic-free street, donkeys, sledges and historic harbour. The stunning views, peaceful tranquility and cobbled, traffic-free, high street of this world famous fishing village, built into a cleft in a 400' high cliff, tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port. It is famous for its donkeys, which traditionally carry goods up the hill; sledges bring things down. There are links with Charles Kingsley, Turner, Dickens and the Spanish Armada.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit.. crab n lobster fest, maritime fest & Christmas lights.. yep... live music n good beer.. one of my fav places of 2014... Apart from resident porpoise & village cats.. the donkeys are the most spoilt... Will be renewing season ticket.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Clovelly is the most beautiful little village in England. It's full of history and its residents are so warm and friendly. I have been visiting Clovelly every year for the past 15 or so years. It is where I go to relax and unwind and enjoy peace and just listen to the sea. It is a fantastic community and I... More 

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Salou, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Our visit got off to a bad start when a miserable old geezer reeking of stale beer and the most unwelcoming and unpleasant attitude told us off for trespassing and wouldn't actually tell us anything useful or helpful but just kept telling us to go to the "village" which turns out to be a gift shop/place to extract money from... More 

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Crewkerne, Somerset
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

There is a warning at the entrance about the steep path - heed it. The streets are cobbled and very slippery in wet weather so walking boots are a must. The village is quite pretty although most of the shops and tea rooms were closed. We saw one cottage inside (Fishermans Cottage) which was quite interesting, just as the guide/supervisor... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

You must have the appropriate footwear for this visit. Sturdy walking shoes a must. Despite the damp start on our day out in November it really was a unique visit with only a handful of visitors. A very steep walk down to the harbour over cobbled streets. Each house individual and the gardens I would expect in the summer to... More 

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ClovellyVillage, Social Media Manager at Clovelly Village, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to leave this excellent review of your recent visit to Clovelly Village! How lovely it is to hear from visitors so clearly enchanted by our unique and picturesque village. You’re quite right, the donkeys are a must-see part of any trip to Clovelly. As the cobbled street is too steep for motor vehicles, for... More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My partner and I visited clovelly village yesterday 14 November 2014 ,we enjoyed it very much Well worth it even with the long walk back up the steep hill !!,only disappoint was that we didn't get to watch the audio visual show it wasn't showing due to technical problems .Hopefully we will get to visit again if we manage to... More 

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ClovellyVillage, Social Media Manager at Clovelly Village, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback of your recent visit to Clovelly Village. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment at not being able to watch our high quality audio-visual show. The 20 minute film tells Clovellys fascinating history and is introduced by leading British actor and Clovelly resident, Joss Ackland. Unfortunately as a result... More 

herts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

it was my first time and it was an amazing place i had ever seen, actually never been anywhere quite like it.The access is by foot only and cobbles are very raised so good footwear a must,a very steep walk down but to be fair it was raining when we went,and a steep walk back ,but still a lovely place... More 

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ClovellyVillage, Social Media Manager at Clovelly Village, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this excellent review of your recent visit to Clovelly! You’re quite right, the walk down through the village to the harbour is steep and we certainly advise our visitors to wear sensible shoes, whatever the weather. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time in the village and... More 

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

On a recent stay in Devon, we decided to visit Clovelly as we knew it was close to where we were based. It is around £7 to enter (it would be interesting to see how this money contributed towards the upkeep of the village), but I'd say it is worth paying. Firstly, the views from the top of the village... More 

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ClovellyVillage, Social Media Manager at Clovelly Village, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely and descriptive review of your recent visit to Clovelly. In answer to your question, as well as entrance to this privately owned village, the fee that you pay at our Visitor Centre also covers parking, admission to the audio-visual show, the Fisherman’s Cottage and the Kingsley Museum, as well as... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Memorable not just because of the incredible beauty but because of the very steep hill one has to negotiate. But the prettiness of the village makes it all worthwhile. The harbour at the bottom of the cobble stone walk, is really beautiful. The scenery is awesome. We had Cornish Pasties for lunch and loved every bit of our Clovelly Village... More 

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ClovellyVillage, Social Media Manager at Clovelly Village, responded to this review

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed every bit of your visit to Clovelly Village! You’re quite right, the cobbles are steep but as you say, it’s well worth making your way to the harbour, taking your time to enjoy the pretty scenery and the unique beauty of the village. Thank you for writing this excellent review and we... More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We visited this extremely pretty village on a damp October day. We loved the buildings and history attached to it but found the cobbles treacherous and the entrance fee a little high. We were glad to pay the £2.50 each to go back up in the land rover! The gift shop is a little on the "tacky" side but we... More 

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ClovellyVillage, Social Media Manager at Clovelly Village, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Clovelly Village and that you found some excellent bargains at the gift shop! The walk down through the village to the harbour is hugely enjoyable although the street is steep, and we certainly advise all visitors to wear sensible shoes when walking on the cobbles. The fee that... More 

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