Located in the north of Devon, Ilfracombe is well placed for you to enjoy the stunning coastline of the area. There are many fine and award-winning beaches, from secluded coves to wide stretches of golden sands with crashing surf.
World famous attractions
The Tunnels beaches in Ilfracombe are a fascinating place to visit and many of the surrounding beaches are holders of blue flag awards, they’re good for bathing, rock pool exploring and water sports. Ilfracombe is also home to a whole host of world-famous attractions including Ilfracombe Aquarium. Visitors will also find the unique Tunnel Beaches, museums, leisure parks and manor houses all within walking distance of the centre.
It isn’t just the beach that brings people to this charming town. There are festivals and events held throughout the year, many of which are based in the historic harbour, which is perfect for a gentle stroll. There is also the Ilfracombe Fish Trail, which offers visitors the chance to take a tour around the bustling working harbour. Coastal walks are a popular attraction and offer some amazing views.
Foodie and cultural haven in North Devon
It isn’t surprising to hear that Ilfracombe has a reputation as the culinary and cultural hub of North Devon. Visitors frequently refer to it as the new St Ives!
The town is home to artist Damien Hirst’s famous sculpture Verity and this link to art is celebrated with the many galleries featuring a mix of local and international artists. Make sure to keep your eyes open for the art trails, festivals and other creative events that regularly take place in the town.
The picturesque harbour town is steeped in history and remains one of the most popular fishing ports in North Devon. You’ll see this reflected in the extensive menus on offer, give the restaurants on Fore Street and in the harbour area, here are where you’ll find high-quality menus featuring amazing seasonal produce.
If you’re coming to Ilfracombe for a family holiday, there are lots of local attractions to keep the children entertained. Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning establishment that offers a whole host of themed events and activities as well as the chance to explore the world beneath the sea. The Tunnels Beaches are full of fascinating history, as is Watermouth Castle, which combines a theme park with fairground rides, gardens and the remains of the Victorian castle.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the best place to park in Ilfracombe?
There are several car parks in Ilfracombe, including:
Jubilee Gardens car park
Jubilee Gardens Museum car park
Larkstone Lane car park
Marine Drive car park
Morethoe car park
Oxford Grove car park
Pier car park
Wilder Road car park
Does Ilfracombe have a train station?
Ilfracombe is about an hour away from the nearest train station, which is Barnstaple. There are connecting buses which will take you from the station into Ilfracombe. Barnstaple station has a Pay and Display car park and bike storage for travellers, there is also a bike hire company located on the platform.Book tickets or learn more
How can I get to Lundy Island from Ilfracombe?
There is a ferry that runs during the summer from Ilfracombe to Lundy Island. The ship sails at least three times a week and the crossing takes around 2 hours each way. The ship’s departure time from Lundy will be announced by the ship as you arrive at the island.Book tickets or learn more here