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The seaside resort of Ilfracombe offers a combination of culture and adventure, complete with a peaceful little harbour and rugged coastal trails. Whether you’re a walker, a theatre-goer, a golfer or a foodie, you’ll be in your element. Meanwhile, shoppers will find that Ilfracombe offers more than enough to keep them busy – be sure to pay a visit to Walkers Chocolate Emporium.

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Your guide to Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe at a glance:
  • A beautiful harbour town, with cultural venues and great places to eat.
  • Visit a wide variety of interesting boutique shops.
  • Enjoy rugged coastal walking trails.
  • Visit in summer for Music on the Bandstand or in winter to see the Christmas lights at the harbour.
  • Local opportunities for fishing and golfing.

With its picturesque harbour and its beautiful coastline, Ilfracombe is the kind of town that you’d expect to see on a postcard. As well as sandy beaches there are tall rocky cliffs that are covered in lush, green plants and colourful, wild meadows, making perfect surroundings for walkers and cyclists that can while away their days on some of Devon’s most beautiful tracks and trails.  In the summer months the beaches come alive with thousands of visiting tourists, but even through winter there can be few things more relaxing than a stroll along the sand. Devon’s mild climate and Ilfracombe’s coastal location ensure that winters remain frost-free and that a holiday at any time of the year is an experience to fully enjoy.

Why not book a stay in a spacious en-suite room that will enable you to recharge your batteries between your days of walking? Why not savour the sights and sounds of Ilfracombe’s harbour, or spend your days on the beach where you can build sandcastles, play sports or simply lie back and soak up the sun? Many people that visit Ilfracombe for their holidays and short breaks spend their entire visits away from any of Devon’s more commercial attractions. Yet, if you’re looking for organised fun, there’s even more to see and do!

Ilfracombe is a paradise for those that love culture, with theatres that offer varied calendars of events and shows to enjoy. Even more popular are the cafés and restaurants that you’ll find throughout the town, many of which serve seasonal vegetables that are grown in Devon and fresh seafood dishes that make use of locally-caught fish. Meals aren’t complete until they’re followed up with sugary treats from Walkers Chocolate Emporium, or with a glass of wine at an Ilfracombe hotel bar.

Interesting boutique shops provide you with so many opportunities to purchase souvenirs and gifts, from traditional seaside favourites to beautiful works of art that can be found in seaside galleries. Meanwhile, if you’re not a fan of shopping, you can always leave the buying to someone else whilst you make your way to the local golf course. Fishing and golfing are two very popular activities in Ilfracombe, with Ilfracombe Golf Club offering sea views from every tee on the course.

A visit at any time of the year is sure to be a memorable experience, but Ilfracombe’s calendar of town events is worth taking into consideration before you book your stay. Perhaps one of the best times to visit is during the festive season, when the harbour reflects the dancing colours of hundreds of Christmas lights. In the summer months you can almost always guarantee that a walk down to the bandstand will provide an opportunity to watch some live entertainment. Otherwise look out for yacht races, parades, carnivals and firework displays which all add a little extra excitement whenever they’re taking place.

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Local attractions
  • Ilfracombe Museum
    Ilfracombe Museum
  • Watermouth Castle
    Watermouth Castle
  • Rosemoor Garden
    Rosemoor Garden
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