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 bringing glorious views along the way. Just donkeys and sledges move needed supplies to the village.
There are many literary connections; Charles Kingsley lived here, Charles Dickens wrote about it, J M Turner painted it and the artist Rex Whistler featured it in much of his work.
Clovelly’s two hotels: the 400 year old New Inn, in the heart of the village and the C18th Red Lion on the quay, provide delicious lunches, dinners and Devon cream teas.
The modest admission charges to Clovelly include parking, the must-see film of the village history, seeing the famous donkeys, visiting craft workshops, two museums, Clovelly Court Gardens at the top of the village and a contribution to the preservation of this very special private estate. Dogs on leads are welcome. Visit during one or our annual festivals such as Seaweed, Maritime, Lobster and Crab, Herring and there’s no extra charge.