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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 9 Attractions in Clovelly
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources
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, Traveler Resources
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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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Read about this in the Lonely Planet guide and was keen to go. Went on a sunny day after Christmas. Shop at entrance full of tourist tat. Village seemed unloved. Liked the Fisherman's cottage. Disappointing- with so many beautiful places in the south west would not recommend

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3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Ok it was a January day so we thought that the village would be quiet. It was. Most shops closed apart from the two hotels. Charles Kingsleys house was interesting. Fishermans Cottage was closed. As we paid a flat rate to visit the village felt a little underwhelmed. Walked along the Hobby Road which gave some lovely views of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We got greeted by the most cheerful, friendly, welcoming lady, Joan. She gave us a full breakdown of what to expect. Even that the shops might be shut and donkeys out to pasture! So we knew what to or not to expect. It was all she said and more.....It was the best place we have visited all week...close your eyes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

See how they used to live and soak up the oldie worldie atmosphere. Some good food to be found in the Inn at the bottom of the hill. Visitor centre has lots to see and trinkets to buy. And the "big sheep" close by for the kids

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

You mention the rich historical feel of the village which rather suggests you found time to visit the Kingsley Museum and Fisherman’s Cottage and enjoyed the fascinating information and old photographs that give a vivid picture of Clovellys fishing heritage. Our visitors tell us that the 20 minute audio-visual film adds hugely to the enjoyment of any Clovelly visit. The... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

I had a nice welcome in the visitor centre and the lady at reception was very helpful. I went to see a short film about the village to get started, that was interesting. Then went for a walk down the cobbled street, the view down was lovely, the houses are all unique and have their own stamps on them. There... More 

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

How lovely to receive such positive feedback from people who are so clearly enchanted by our unique and picturesque village. Our surveys indicate that the overwhelming majority of our visitors think the admission fees offer very good value for money. As I’m sure you can imagine caring for the village is a costly business, especially as the buildings are all... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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22 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We arrived on the day of the Lobster and Crabfest which we didn't know about. Had to queue for nearly an hour get in to the place. We weren't aware that there would be a charge to see the village (6 pounds 75 cents each). Quaint and picturesque village though not as pretty as some other villages that we could... 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 review of your visit to Clovelly in September 2014. I note that you visited on the day of the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast ~ Our events and annual festivals held throughout the year are extremely popular and we welcome a very high number of visitors to the village on such... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Beautiful Clovelly Village, lovely walk down a cobbled hill, great fish and chips and pastie at the Red Lion on the bay!! Joan is very helpful with all info needed at the entrance including how steep it is on the way back up the cobbled hill at least a 1 in 3 gradient! ! It gave me very wobbly legs... More 

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

How lovely it is to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to Clovelly village! We will be sure to pass on your positive feedback to Joan. Thank you Sarah and Ian for taking the time to leave this excellent review and we do hope you will return to Clovelly soon ~ to be left weak at the knees once... More 

Portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Please ignore all the negative reviews about Clovelly, including the complaints regarding admission prices. This is the most amazing, perfect village you will ever be privileged enough to see & I will always be more than happy to contribute to the running of this amazing community. We first visited as a group of 10 & thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, visited the... More 

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

How lovely it is to receive such lovely reviews from visitors so clearly enchanted by our unique and beautiful village! We are so pleased to hear that your visit to Clovelly was such a special day for you. It certainly sounds like you made the most of your time in the village. Our surveys indicate that the overwhelming majority of... More 

London
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Picturesque, quaint. All the Christmas lights were still on around the harbour that added to the trip

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

Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. The entire village and harbour are lit up by Christmas lights ~ It’s a fantastic sight! Thank you for taking the time to leave this lovely review of your recent visit to Clovelly Village! :) Ellie Clovelly Village Social Media Manager More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Yes it was late December, yes it was raining, yes this is a unique village, but why should people have to pay the full price when little is open? I object in the first instance to having to pay £6.75 to walk into a village which is a public place, but to charge the full amount out of season when... More 

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

We are pleased to hear that you consider Clovelly to be a unique and quaint village. Clovelly is a privately owned village. We cannot imagine why you say that only the Fudge Shop was open during your visit. Clovelly Fudge is available at the award-winning Clovelly Visitor Centre. It is home to a popular cafe as well as souvenir shops... More 

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