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Address: Off the A39 | Nr Bideford, Devon, Clovelly EX39 5TA, England
Phone Number: +44 1237 431781
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Clovelly, North Devon. World famous for our cobbled, traffic-free street,...

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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A rare piece of living English history

It must be more than 50 years since I visited Clovelly before and although the village has changed little, of course the visitor centre and the entry charges have been added... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I spent a short break in Bideford and looked forward to looking up old haunts which we had both enjoyed in earlier years .Decided to go to Clovelly which is well known for its unique charm. Having visited before we were well educated about the cobbled streets and steepness of the Main Street down to the shoreline.... More 

1 Thank Gillian C
Bristol, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Always wanted to visit this lovely village. We went at the end of January, didn't realise you had to pay to visit, but happy to do that to enable the village upkeep. We asked for the transport on the way back up as my husband has walking difficulties. We were told the service doesn't run in the winter? People are... More 

Thank sarae372
Taunton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I spent a night in The Red Lion Hotel (room 5) and had a lovely weekend. The streets are steep and who knows how folk live here day to day but quirky is an understatement ! Each cottage is fascinating. Each view is breath-taking. Each road is lethal......but worth it :) This village in my opinion is... More 

Thank lornew40
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It must be more than 50 years since I visited Clovelly before and although the village has changed little, of course the visitor centre and the entry charges have been added since. Nevertheless, you can hardly begrudge paying to help maintain such a unique attraction and the film you can watch at the visitor centre gives a good background to... More 

Thank mjnew2015
Llandovery, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Clovelly on two occasions, once in the summer and once last week in the rain. Both experiences were lovely in their own way. In the summer you see the beautiful flowers and in the winter you see the village without many visitors. As my husband said, it's a village that is the same now as it was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the past you never had to pay, but to help with the upkeep and to build the visitors centre I didn't mind paying. My wife and I had a lovely day there and the weather was superb which helped, if it had been wet I think the steep cobbles would have been slippery. A part of English history.

1 Thank Richard H
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There seems to be a mixed bag of reviews for Clovelly, so I thought I'd add my tuppence following our visit to this picturesque village last Sunday. Clovelly is an ancient and very quaint fishing village that has featured in a variety of TV programmes and films - I can well see why! Even on a grey day in January... More 

1 Thank atNigel74
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sublime! This place shows you that the gods exist. Plus DONKEYS!!! Who doesn't want a good pint in a fantastic pub and in such a scenic and magical place as this. And pet the donkeys!

2 Thank Luke M
Cheddar, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived en route to Bude on a grey January day. Went to the car park as directed.You HAVE to go through the visitor centre at £6.95 each to even use the public toilets (the ones in the car park are kept locked!) We left the car and headed for the road we had seen going into the village only... More 

4 Thank jrapeter
Corby, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This village is worth a visit. It is very steep and you would definitely struggle in a wheelchair or with a pushchair, but it has lots of original features including cobbled streets. We only visited the pub at the bottom which was really nice. The beach isn't sandy so our dogs struggled to walk on the rocks but we went... More 

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