Ocean Backpackers is a clean and homely Independent Youth Hostel, which offers comfortable and spacious accommodation at great prices.
The hostel (built by a master boatmen in 1860) underwent an extensive renovation in 1999 to create an upmarket international hostel. The location is perfect. We are a minutes walk from Ilfracombe Harbour and the main bus stop, which brings coaches from London Victoria, Heathrow and Birmingham.
Ilfracombe is surrounded by breathtaking coastline and wonderful walking country. It’s full of curious coastal charm and has an abundance of cafes, restaurants, galleries and friendly local pubs! Many guests return to Ocean Backpackers again and again. We welcome anyone of any age that enjoys the buzz of a backpackers and has a love of the great outdoors!
CAR PARKING We offer a FREE car park and their 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. However, the cheapest parking is in the Long Stay part of the Harbour called Marine Drive-a short walk from us. Parking is £3.10 ALL DAY and FREE overnight.
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.
HIRE THE THIRD FLOOR FOR EXCLUSIVE USE (SLEEPS 12.)
Our third floor comprises of two family rooms, one double room, one twin 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. Ideal if you want your children to entertain themselves 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!
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE VERY SORRY BUT THIS FLOOR CANNOT BE HIRED BY UNACCOMPANIED GROUPS OF UNDER EIGHTEENS OR SINGLE SEX GROUPS.
The third floor has wi-fi and there is a tv/dvd player in every room apart from the twin room. All bedding is provided and towels can be hired for £1 each to cut down on pre-holiday baggage and post-holiday washing!!!
HIRE THE WHOLE BACKPACKERS FOR EXCLUSIVE USE.
Either with our third floor (sleeps 56 in total) or without (sleeps 44 in total.) PLEASE EMAIL OR RING US ON 01271 867835 WITH ANY QUERIES. PRICES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
We have a large fully equipped self catering kitchen but if you fancy a full English we are a stones throw from 3 or 4 establishments that all offer fantastic breakfast's at very reasonable prices.
Whilst we endeavour to accommodate any person with a disability or special needs we are unfortunately not very suitable for wheelchairs due to the structure and design of the building. We do have a ground floor dormitory but a few steps must be negotiated to get to the lounge and kitchen area. Please do not hesitate to ring us if you would like to discuss whether we would be able to accommodate your needs.
29 St.James Place
Tel: 01271 867 835
"We had a fantastic time at Ocean Backpackers. As a connoisseur of hostels from a former life,this one was right up there-friendly staff, excellent facilities and a warm welcoming atmosphere. It's also perfectly placed for the Harbour and trips to Lundy and fishing (good cafe next door as well. )This time I was with a school trip, showing a dozen teenagers the delights of North Devon. Recommend highly!"