Our Glandford shop is open 7 days a week from 10.00am until 4.00pm.
Customers can enter via the side gate where we are able to serve you at the rear of our shop, binoculars and scopes can be tested in our garden where covered areas are available. We have taken the decision to continue opening in this manner after listening to customer feedback.
Our shop at the NWT Cley Marshes visitor centre is open 7 days a week from 10.00am until 3.00pm.
Our telephone is manned from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Whilst we endeavour to answer all phone calls, we are currently experiencing unprecedented in-store customer levels. For a quicker response to your question, please use the Contact Us form on this website.
The Cley Spy story began back in August 2001. Even way back then, we knew we had something special. Norfolk is one of the best counties in the UK for birdwatching and Cley is one of the best places to see birds in Norfolk. We have some of the largest uninterrupted reedbeds and bracken marshlands in the UK on our doorstep, attracting millions of birds season to season. Yet before Cley Spy, there was nowhere to buy decent binoculars and telescopes for miles around.
A disused farm surrounded by breathtaking countryside gave us the opportunity to convert an old grain barn in Glandford into the largest optical showroom in Europe. This was the perfect place for birdwatchers to stop and test optical equipment on their way to the popular birding spots like Cley Marshes, Norfolk Broads or The Wash.
Funnily enough, with some of the best places for birdwatching right on our doorstep, the first pair of binoculars we ever sold was to an architect, who needed to inspect his riverside buildings from the comfort of a boat. The second pair was to a gentleman interested in intricate cathedral carvings who needed bright binoculars to see up into the eaves of Norwich Cathedral.
At Cley Spy, we love to meet all our customers and really get a sense of what you need your equipment for, this way we can give you the best advice and help you choose the best optics for your needs (birdwatching or not).
Since the beginning, Cley Spy has been governed by simple philosophies. The cornerstone of which is to treat people how we would want to be treated. No fuss, no sales goals, just honest advice and courteous service, no matter what you’re looking for.
Nobody likes snooty sales people whose only objective is to sell you something (anything). Nobody likes to be pushed into a hurried decision only to buy the wrong thing at the wrong price. At Cley Spy, we are dedicated to delivering outstanding customer service and our team gives you as much attention as you like, whether your budget is £15 or £1500. We believe that whatever your budget or level of optics expertise, everybody deserves the same amount of time and attention.
Since those early days, we have moved into our very own purpose-built building at the top-end of the old farm. Cley Spy is still the largest optical showroom in Europe, but now we have enough space for a wild meadow and wild pond with hides along the edge. We are nestled in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside, amongst blooming plants and wildlife, proud to call this special place home. The shop is positioned at the beginning of a beautiful walk through the countryside, giving you a great place to test your optics in ‘real world’ conditions. To find out more about our wild meadow and the walks you can take from Cley Spy, just head to the ‘Our Service‘ page.
We love it when customers come to our beautiful shop in Norfolk. It means we can talk with you face-to-face and help you test equipment to find the right binocular, telescope, monocular or accessories. If you decide to shop online, we are there for you too! Our online ‘Buying Guides’ are easy-to-read and jam-packed with helpful information to help you decide which products suit your needs. We have a wealth of information to help you decipher optical jargon and honest reviews to guide you through the products.
Cley Spy Social Media
As well as here at www.cleyspy.co.uk, we also have social media covered! Follow @cleyspy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, for the latest new product news, used high-end bargains, Norfolk bird news and the occasional bout of ‘birder’s ’s humour’!
Opening Times and How To Find Us
The shop in Glandford is our flagship store. It is set in an old farm called Manor Farm Barns and is the perfect place to start your day out. We share the farm with the Cley Smokehouse and Birdscapes Gallery. From here, you can pick-up routes from several countryside walks- perfect to test out your new equipment. For more information about the local area and surroundings, just head to the ‘Our Services‘ page.
The address of the Glandford shop is:
Manor Farm Barns,
|Monday||10.00am to 4.00pm |
|Tuesday||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Wednesday ||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Thursday||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Friday||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Saturday||10.00am to 4.00pm|
|Sundays and Bank Holidays ||10.00am to 4.00pm|
Directions from Holt (South East):
Leave Holt on the A148 heading West. Follow the road all the way until Leatheringsett. Drive through Leatheringsett, past the Leatheringsett Water Mill and the King’s Head Pub (both will appear on your left). After the King’s Head Pub there will be a sharp right hand turn signposted to Cley Spy, this is Blakeney Road. Take Blakeney Road road for approximately two miles. You will pass Bayfield Hall on your right and Manor Farm Barns will appear on your left. The farm is signified by a large pair of yellow binoculars, letting you know you’ve arrived. The Cley Spy building is at the top-end of the farm with a large car park, which you are more than welcome to park in for free. We look forward to seeing you.
Directions from Blakeney (North West):
Head South-east on New Road (A149) towards The Pastures. After aproximately half a mile, turn right onto Wiveton Road. Continue on Wiveton Road for approximately one mile until you reach Wiveton. You’ll pass the Wiveton Bell Pub and a large village green. The road curves round to the left and then onto Blakeney Road. Follow this road fro approximately one mile, all the way to Glandford. Manor Farm Barns is signified by a large pair of yellow binoculars, letting you know you’ve arrived at Cley Spy. The Cley Spy building is at the top-end of the farm with a large car park, which you are more than welcome to park in for free. We look forward to seeing you. Cley Marshes NWT Shop Our second shop is in a Norfolk Wildlife Trust visitors centre. It is on the coast road between Salthouse and Cley-Next-The-Sea and looks out over the Cley Marshes. From here you can enjoy a cuppa in the visirors centre before heading out onto the boardwalk over the Marshes to test out your new equipment. These reedbeds and bracken lagoons attract million of birds throughout the whole year and is a popular stop-off for migratory species in particular. The address of the Cley Marshes NWT shop is:
NWT Visitors Centre,
|Monday||10.00am to 3.00pm|
|Tuesday||10.00am to 3.00pm|
|Wednesday ||10.00am to 3.00pm|
|Thursday||10.00am to 3.00pm|
|Friday||10.00am to 3.00pm|
|Saturday||10.00am to 3.00pm|
|Sundays and Bank Holidays ||10.00am to 3.00pm|
Directions from Blakeney (West)
Head east on the coast road (A149) for approximately two miles. When you reach CLey-Next-The-Sea, follow the road round to a sharp left. This will take you past Cley Windmill. Continue along the Coast Road and the NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Cnetre will appear on your right. Cley Spy is also sign posted here. You’re more than welcome to park in the carpark for free. We look forward to seeing you.
Directions from Kelling (East)
Take the Coast Road (A149) for approximately 2.5 miles. You’ll pass through Salthouse, keeping the pond on your right and the Dun Cow Pub on your left. Continue on until you see the NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Centre on your left.Cley Spy is also sign posted here. You’re more than welcome to park in the carpark for free. We look forward to seeing you.
Directions from Cley Spy Glandford (South)
Turn left out of Manor Farm Barns and continue along this road for approximately one mile until you arrive at Wiveton. At the village green, turn right onto Bridgefoot Lane. Follow Bridgefoot Lane over the humped-back bridge and take the first left onto Glandford Road. Follow Glandofrd road past the Three Swallows Pub amnd along until your each Cley-Next-The-Sea. At the junction take the right (straight over) and follow the coast road past Cley Windmill. Continue along the Coast Road and the NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Cnetre will appear on your right. Cley Spy is also sign posted here. You’re more than welcome to park in the carpark for free. We look forward to seeing you.
Directions to Cley Spy Glandford shop from NWT Cley marshes
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