Ilfracombe is the jewel of the North Devon coast and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The town is centered around a picturesque harbour and is the perfect all-year round location for a quiet relaxing get away, a holiday with friends and family or a fun packed activity break.
With breath taking coastal scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquillity and centuries of heritage and style, tourists have been attracted here since Victorian times and it is still a favourite holidaying destination for Brits looking for some fresh sea air and summer sunshine!
Ilfracombe offers curious coastal charm with a contemporary edge and is fast becoming the top destination in North Devon for food and arts. There are many good restaurants, quaint shops and galleries, friendly pubs and a rich café culture which makes it a popular holiday destination year after year. Damien Hirst's 20m tall sculpture 'Verity' has graced the Harbour since 2012. Love her or hate her she really is an attraction worth seeing!
Ilfracombe is nestled between Exmoor National Park to the East and the Golden Coast with its spectacular surfing beaches to the West. Woolacombe, for example, has been awarded the BEST BEACH IN BRITAIN by Trip Advisor in 2015 and 2016.The premium seaside beach wins the Blue Flag award-year on year for its cleanliness and water quality.
Ilfracombe holds many fun events each year! From Beer Festivals to Art Trails and from the world famous Bird Man competition to the Grand Victorian and Steam Punk Celebrations.....there really is something for everyone!
For forthcoming events and festivals in ilfracombe in 2019 please go to www.visitilfracombe.co.uk.
Tunnels Beaches: Steeped in history, Tunnels beaches makes an great visit for all ages. Hand carved in the 1820’s the four tunnels provide a truly unique experience. Whilst admiring the lovely rugged scenery kids can play safe in the tidal pool or explore the fascinating rock pools-rated third best in the country by BBC Wildlife magazine.
Ilfracombe Aquarium: An award winning, all weather, educational attraction located in the old boat house, alongside Ilfracombe’s picturesque and historic harbour. It provides a fascinating insight into the wonders of the aquatic world found locally around North Devon.
Chambercombe Manor: Dare you visit Ilfracombe's most haunted location, reputedly one of the most haunted dwellings in the UK? This 11th century Manor House offers guided tours of it's history and hauntings including the Haunted Room where the remains of a skeleton was found, bricked up in a hidden chamber within the Manor.
Coastal Cruises: Take a spectacular wildlife and coastal cruise aboard the Ilfracombe Princess or the historical lifeboat the Hampshire Rose. Based in the harbour, they both follow magnificent coastal scenery with the frequent sightings of dolphins, seals and wild birds. Alternatively, take a trip with Ilfracombe Sea Safari-a new and exciting way to explore in two 10m Humber Ribs that travel up to 20 knots! Different safari's range from 1 hour-4 hours including a waterfall, seal and Exmoor Safari to Lynmouth and 1 1/2 hour sunset safari to the seals! They also offer swimming with seals at Lundy Island....an exhilarating six hour trip with snorkels and wet suits provided.
Lundy Island lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop , three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.Ilfracombe charter boats offer cruises around the island to see fantastic wildlife and unique geological scenery.You will be taken into bays and coves to find Grey Seals and colonies of sea birds including Razor bills, Gannets and the iconic Puffin. Porpoises, dolphins and sunfish can also make an appearance. A fantastic day out!
Exmoor National Park is very accessible by car from Ilfracombe. For access to the North West of the park, the A39 enters the park at Blackmoor Gate and continues along the north coast of Exmoor.
Stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquillity and a warm rural welcome await you in one of Britain’s most breathtaking places along with the prospect of the glimpse of wild red deer or native Exmoor pony.
Visit Lynton and Lynmouth where Exmoor meets the sea. The stretch of coast overlooked by Lynton and occupied by Lynmouth is a spectacular combination of sweeping moorland high rugged tree clad cliffs and enticing sheltered bays. Ride the hydraulic cliff railway between Lynton and Lymouth and then take a trip to the scenic Valley of the Rocks.