Clovelly in Devon - Holidays By Coach & Self Drive Breaks

Set into a steep hillside starting from a wide bay, Clovelly in Devon is one of the best known and most unusual villages in the North Devon region of England. Drawing tourists to enjoy its picturesque views and quaint atmosphere, Clovelly is a natural tourist attraction with a lively community and many unique shops and restaurants. Not forgetting the views across the Bristol channel and the donkeys! Not only is the village very popular with tourist it is still a working fishing village, that offers a unique history dating back over 400 years. Just head down to Clovelly harbour to see what's going on.

Clovelly harbour in Devon
Clovelly Harbour, Devon England

Alfa Travel Clovelly & Bideford Coach Holiday & Tour

Alfa Travel Coach HolidaysAlfa Travel offer a great holiday tour covering Clovelly in Devon and Bideford. Part of the Alfa Travel coach holiday includes a visit to Clovelly village (entrance included in the tour cost) You can visit the donkey stables, lifeboat station and the many historic buildings that are open to visitors. Sometimes there is a shuttle service available to take you from Clovelly harbour to the White Rails (extra charge)

The coach holiday also covers Torrington where you can visit the Torrington Heritage Museum or pop down to the Pannier Market which features shops, workshops and a popular cafe. The Alfa Travel holiday also covers a visit to Bude & Tintagel. Bude is a small town which has been previously named as the Best UK Coastal Resort. Look out for the Bude Canal and the clean, golden, sandy beaches. Tintagel high street includes various shops and the old post office. Aptly named as it is a 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse! (entry fee payable) Generally for this holiday you will be based on the outskirts of the historical old port of Bideford at the Durrant House Hotel.

So if you want to see some of the best site of Devon check out the Alfa Travel coach holiday options covering Clovelly and the rest of Devon. Some of the itinerary or the accommodation may change so double check before you confirm your booking online > click here

Clovelly Visitor Centre

The Clovelly visitor centre is where you need to head to pay for your visitor entrance fee. You can also pay your parking here and pay for entrance to two museums. The village is privately owned John Rous and has been in the Hamlyn family since 1738.

Clovelly Village

The village main cobbled street is not accessible by motor vehicles. Since there is a ban on traffic this has resulted in many deliveries being made by sledge. This is not done for the benefit of tourists, simply a matter of practicalities. Clovelly high street is where you will find a cheerful atmosphere and some nice specialist shops to visit as you head down to the ancient fishing harbour. 

Clovelly Coach Holidays

There is coach parking available so if you are visiting as part of your coach holiday or tour you won't be far away from it all. For anyone else on a self drive break or holiday the car parking charge  is included in the visitors prices. Alfa Travel offer a great coach holiday option covering Clovelly and Bideford (Details above)

Coach Holidays & Tours
Clovelly in Devon - Coach Tours & Holidays

Clovelly What To Do?

All Saints' Church

One for the history fans. Standing in the grounds of Clovelly Court,  All Saints' Church (late Norman, restored in 1866) Has a nice walled garden. The church began in the 12th century and has had numerous updates over the years.

Missed by many due to its location, up a steep hill.

St Peter's Chapel

St Peter's Chapel, located into a quiet lane off the main street through the village. The chapel was opened in the mid 1800's to provide a place of worship for the elderly and other residents of Clovelly who could not make it up the steep, cobbled streets to All Saints Church at the top of the hill.


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Mouthmill Beach

Typical of many of the beaches on the North Devon coast in that it requires a bit of effort to get to. You can walk there from Clovelly or from the National Trust car park. The beach is mainly shingle but it tends to be quiet.

Clovelly Court Garden

A large garden with beautiful trees and views of the sea. Clovelly Court Garden is a place of historic interest dating back to the 16th Century. A nice place to relax after a long walk around the village. You can find the Court Garden at the west end of the village.

Kingsley Museum

Kingsley museum is just a short walk down the cobbled street, but it tells you of a different time and place. It's where Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), who became a writer and social reformer, found some much-needed inspiration as well as personal insight on his way to becoming one of the most beloved writers of the 19th century as he penned such classics as ‘The Water Babes’ and ‘Westward Ho!’ in a village that welcomed him into its midst from the very beginning.

Clovelly in Devon
Clovelly, Devon England
Cobbled Streets in Clovelly, Devon England
Clovelly Village, Devon England

Fisherman's Cottage

If you head down the side of the cottage containing the Kingsley Museum you will find Fisherman's Cottage. Still to this day Clovelly has a working fishing port. Look out for the Clovelly crabs and lobsters in local restaurants as well as locally caught herring. The cottage is stuck in time and you can see how it was in the 1930's

Clovelly RNLI - Lifeboat Station

Integral to the heart of the village is the Lifeboat station (built in 1870) In storms, ship can seek shelter in one of the few safe harbours between Padstow and Bideford. During the summer months the lifeboat house is often open to visitors and is well worth a visit.

Clovelly Quay

The settlement has been here since the 13th century which is why Clovelly Quay and its bay are sheltered. This allowed the small fleet of boats to fish Bideford Bay in search of mackerel and herring. 

Clovelly Webcams - Live Views

If you can't wait to visit or are planning on heading to Clovelly in Devon you could have a look at the Clovelly webcams. These offer a number of live views around the village. You can have a look down the cobbled main street, the harbour, the beach or an overall viewpoint. (click here)

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