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Address: Off the A39 | Nr Bideford, Devon, Clovelly EX39 5TA, England
Phone Number:
+44 1237 431781
Fee: Yes

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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Quaint village perched on side of a steep slope

This village is quaint. It is perched on the side of a very steep slope down to the sea. The buildings are nearly all old although they have been modernised. The sloping path... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Cupar, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

£20 for a family village...not worth it. I've been to other villages and never have to pay I simply support by buying items and keep local trade going. It is pretty but cannot justify the entrance price. Steep walk back unless you pay a tenner for a family of four to go up in the jeep...probably cheaper to get a... More 

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Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent room very clean. Meal.gorgeous. staff very nice and helpful. Breakfast took a while as only one waitress on that morning. Chilly in bar where breakfast was being served as dining room was being renovated but hotel did email.me before hand to say breakfast would be in bar. Would definitely stay there again.

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Cupar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This village is quaint. It is perched on the side of a very steep slope down to the sea. The buildings are nearly all old although they have been modernised. The sloping path down to the sea is very steep and rough and completely unsuitable for wheelchairs or disabled persons. It would also be treacherous if the path was wet.... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We roamed UK for 6 weeks, the next thing you will be charged for is air. Seems everywhere you go in UK out comes the wallet for parking or entry Did see this listed somewhere as one of the "pretty villages" we drove away refusing to pay an entry fee so will never know what we missed. Just got sick... More 

Thank Michael M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came to Clovelly on a cold Tuesday morning. After parking the car we made our way to the visitor centre where we paid the entrance fee of £15 for 2 adults. This price incorporates parking, a history of Clovelly film, entrance to a fisherman's cottage, entrance to the Charles Kingsley museum, and also upkeep of the village itself. We... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When you enter the village you are directed to a huge car park (there is no fee). You then enter the village via the visitor centre where you pay the relevant fee's. The rest is literally downhill from there though - in a good way! The cobbled pavement is very steep in places so wear appropriate foot wear and be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just love clovelly. Peaceful and beautiful. Off season was wonderful as it felt we had the village to ourselves. Dry weather allowed some wonderful coastal walks. The village has a special feel and I could spend all day watching the boats and gulls in the little harbour.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a quiet Tuesday morning with my girlfriend didn't mind the 7 quid but did mind the dirty filthy windowed cottages and undergrowth full of broken bottles bits of plastic drainpipe etc etc and the near heart attack I nearly suffered at 6 quid for a sandwich on the way out luckily I got away with that because no-one... More 

Thank Anthony G
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit to Clovelly & we were not disappointed. Although it is winter & most shops were closed & the wind was bitterly cold we thoroughly enjoyed climbing up through the village from our hotel at the bottom & finding things of interest. It is exactly as it looks in the pictures & relatively unspoilt. Deliveries are still made on... More 

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Langport, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cannot begin to understand the justification for the exorbitant entrance fee charged just for access to the village.

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