Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe

  • Victorian Tunnels leading to tidal pools
  • Boat trips to Lundy Island
  • Located within Exmoor National Park
  • Museums and Theatres

Ilfracombe is a stunning coastal town with white washed houses, grand Victorian villas and terraces. Nestling between the National Park of Exmoor to the East and the golden coast with the surfing beaches to the West.

A few minutes from the centre of Ilfracombe by car or bus are the spectacular sandy beaches and dunes of Woolacombe, Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands. For a unique beach experience visit The Tunnels in Ilfracombe, built by the Victorians the tunnels went down to four private tidal pools where men and women could bathe separately. The Tunnels are the holder of a blue flag and seaside award or Hele Bay to the east of the town also award winners, for good bathing and rock pool exploring.

Ilfracombe is the ideal base for a cycling or walking holiday. The Tarka Trail (the old railway line, now a cycle path) is a popular route and the North Devon Coastal path (part of the South West Coastal Path) runs along the sea front. Exmoor, criss-crossed with walks is only a twenty minute drive away.

Fishing is a popular pastime & shore fishing is available from the rocks around Capstone Hill & from the pier (tide permitting). Local shops keep a variety of fresh & dried bait. There are also a number of boats offering off-shore fishing. In the summer there are trips daily, weather permitting, and boat hire available for most of the year.

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Ilfracombe and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

There are 51 golf clubs in Devon, 5 of which are within half an hourīs drive (traffic dependant) including one in Ilfracombe itself and the challenging championship links courses at nearby Saunton Sands. There are also numerous clubs in East & North Cornwall within easy reach. Other activities available either in or around Ilfracombe include horse riding, quad bikes, paint-balling, sea kayaking and clay shooting.

The heritage harbour and quay are spectacular. The many pubs, restaurants and shops that surround the quay create a friendly continental atmosphere. It is from the harbour that boats leave to the magical Lundy Island, a place of outstanding natural beauty, which will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

The Landmark Theatre overlooks the seafront and is North Devonís newest and finest arts and entertainment complex, offering a year round programme of events.

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