Found along the dramatic North Devon coastline, Ilfracombe is a seaside town packed with gems. With a traditional fishing harbour at the heart, the town boasts an incredible dining scene, boutique shops and amazing views. Close by to popular beaches such as Woolacombe and Croyde, Ilfracombe has grown into a firm favourite for summer holidays, particularly with families looking to experience a slice of North Devon.
Why visit Ilfracombe?
North Devon is a great place to explore, and Ilfracombe is a fantastic starting point. At the centre of it is a traditional fishing harbour, with boats bringing in locally caught fresh fish daily. That combined with stunning views from hills nearby, as well as the activities on offer, make this town so popular with visitors.
Things to do in Ilfracombe:
Away from the harbour, you’ll find an eclectic range of things to do. Several art galleries are dotted around the town, as well as some of the best restaurants in the county, including the Michelin-starred Thomas Carr at the Olive Room. Amusement arcades along with a unique theatre offer plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.
Why stay in an Ilfracombe cottage?
There is a lot of choice when it comes to staying in North Devon, but you can’t go wrong with Ilfracombe. A destination ideal to visit with children, our great range of family-friendly cottages offer the perfect place to stay. The fantastic range of eateries makes this destination ideal for couples, too.
Three must see things in Ilfracombe:
- Take a trip on the HMS Oldenburg to Lundy Island, a small island just off the North Devon coast brimming with wildlife
- Walk down to the harbour and along the quay to see Verity, a statue by local artist Damien Hirst, guaranteed to divide opinion!
- Explore the local wildlife with a visit to Ilfracombe Aquarium. The aquarium plays host to a great range of wildlife from the surrounding coastal waters