Victorian Coastal Charm

Ilfracombe is a pretty seaside town, seafront and small harbour surrounded by dramatic cliffs.

A stroll along the seafront is a must-do whilst in Ilfracombe–there’s so much going on. You will find everything from gift shops, cafés and tearooms, restaurants and pubs. Looking for fun? Try the crazy golf course and in the summer months the kids can enjoy the bouncy castles and trampolines.

Explore Ilfracombe’s award-winning Aquarium offering a fascinating insight into the underwater world found around North Devon’s coast. Great for a rainy day!

The most iconic building in Ilfracombe is the Landmark Theatre offering a wide variety of entertainment.  A short hop from the theatre is Ilfracombe’s museum filled with curiosity and antiquity.   

One of the most fascinating things to do is visit the Tunnels Beaches.  A series of tunnels carved by Welsh miners in 1820 that provide access to, what was, the male and female beaches of that time.

For Walkers and explorers, the South West Coast Path runs right through the town along the main promenade.  From the high points walkers are rewarded with great views over Ilfracombe as they head West towards Lee and Mortehoe, or East to Hele and Watermouth.

Verity, by Damien Hirst

Ilfracombe is home to the incredible imposing and divisive ‘Verity’. Keeping watch over the harbour Verity is a 20-metre bronze sculpture by Damien Hirst. The statue is described by Damiem as a “modern allegory of truth and justice” and stands proudly on Ilfracombe’s pier.

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