Backpacker Facilities

Look At Our Lounge Area!

Ocean Backpackers is a clean and homely Independent Youth Hostel which offers comfortable and spacious accommodation at great prices.

Having been established for 18 years, Ocean Backpackers has undergone many improvements and has once again been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excelllence in 2018 for fantastic facilities and great service!

The location of the Backpackers is perfect. It is a minutes walk from the very picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour and there are an abundance of cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries and very friendly local pubs nearby. It is near to the main bus stop which brings local buses from Barnstaple the (nearest railway station) and National Express coaches from London Victoria, Heathrow and Birmingham.


Facilities Include

  • En suite dorms -four x 6 bed and one x 8 bed dorm.
  • Two doubles -one en-suite.
  • Three family rooms -one en suite. (Each room sleeps four.)
  • One family room-(en-suite that sleep 5.)
  • One single room.
  • Bedding provided.
  • Piping hot showers (courtesy of our solar panels)
  • Well equipped, clean and spacious kitchen
  • Free internet /wi-fi
  • Laundry and drying room
  • Communal lounge, kitchen and dining room
  • Play station with games
  • Sea Views
  • Sports equipment and baggage storage (ideal for surfboards and bikes)
  • Lockers (own padlock required)
  • Car Park-with space for 6 cars.
  • Free tea and coffee.
  • Towel hire for £1.

Car Parking

We offer a FREE car park and there is room for six cars on a first come first saved basis. We ask all guests leaving their cars with us to be considerate to other guests as cars are parked one behind the other in two rows of three. You will be asked to leave your contact number or a set of keys so that your car can be moved if necessary. There is a large public car park directly opposite the backpackers which is £1.00 from 6pm until 8am and charges £1 an hour thereafter OR £6.00 for 24 hours.(summer rate.) Please be aware that your registration number will be noted as soon as you enter the public Car Park and you must enter your reg number when you are at the ticket machine. If you run over your ticket time you can add more money at the ticket machine before you drive out-don't risk a fine!! The cheapest parking is in the Long Stay part of the Harbour called Marine Drive-a short walk from us.

Checking In

Check in times are from 4pm. Earlier check in times can be made by prior arrangement. If you are checking in later than 10pm, please inform us of your arrival time before you travel. We do not have a night porter so provision needs to be made for someone to cover reception. If you are going to be later than planned, please give us a ring en-route if possible to let us know your arrival time.

Our Third Floor

Our third floor comprises of two family rooms, one double room, one single room, two bathrooms and a self-catering kitchen. There is no lounge but guests are welcome to use the communal lounge on the ground floor. It’s ideal if you want your older children to entertain themselves downstairs whilst you relax in very comfortable surroundings or alternatively bring your monitor and let tired children sleep whilst you socialize with other backpackers over a glass of wine in the communal lounge!

The third floor has wi-fi and there is a TV in every room. All bedding is provided and towels can be hired for £1 each to cut down on pre-holiday baggage and post-holiday washing!!

PLEASE NOTE: we are very sorry but this floor cannot be hired by unaccompanied groups of under eighteens or single sex groups. Occasionally the single room will be used by an additional staff member when we have large groups in.

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