Opening Times

Clovelly is open all year round, except for Christmas and Boxing Day.

During the summer months, open from 9am to 6pm.

For other opening times, please call the Visitor Centre Tel: 01237 431781 or email:    


Clovelly, Clovelly Visitor Centre, near Bideford, Devon EX39 5TA

Telephone :01237 431781

Email :

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About Clovelly, North Devon

Clovelly 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. H. V. Morton, author of ‘In Search of England’, described it as “the old established beauty queen of England – and knows it. It cannot be left out of any tour because it is unique; an English Amalfi rising sheer above the bay”.

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.


Offers & Prices

1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024

Adult:  £8.75

Child:  £5.10 (ages 7 to 16)

Family:  £23.60 (2 adults, 2 children). 

Children under 7 years of age: free.

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