| Ilfracombe has been a popular seaside resort for over 150 years and much of the magnificent Victorian and Edwardian architecture remains in tact, hardly touched by the modern world.
If you have not been to Ilfracombe before then come and see for yourself why this lovely harbour town has attracted so many visitors over the years. Ilfracombe is a place that relaxes and refreshes – where the pace of life is slow and the air that you breathe is fresh. Spend a little time with us and unwind from the stress of your everyday life.
Information about Ilfracombe's past and present can be found at: Wikipedia
|Location & Climate|
| Set in the picturesque Wilder Valley, Ilfracombe has been recorded as the second warmest town in England and the wonderful floral displays that stretch the whole length of the promenade reflects this warmth.
The ancient harbour at high tide is spectacular. The many pubs, restaurants and shops that surround the harbour create a friendly atmosphere that is typical of Ilfracombe and its local people. We want you to enjoy your visit and forget the strains of this modern world. There are lots of beaches in and around Ilfracombe, from secluded coves with rock pools to wide stretches of golden sand.
|Ilfracombe is home to the historic Tunnel Beaches,
hand carved tunnels leading to unique sheltered beaches and tidal
Victorian bathing pool. The history of Ilfracombe can be found
within the local museum.
While the local aquarium is the place to find information about the local sea and coastal life ( 01271 864533 ).
| If its a show, or the cinema that you want, then why not visit the Landmark Theatre.
With regular events taking place, visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk for more
information. Also contained within the theatre in Ilfracombe TIC, the best source
for information and activities in the local and surrounding area.
For the more active, Ilfracombe is the centre of wonderful walking country. The coastal path between Woolacombe and Lynton is breathtaking and Exmoor has an abundance of walks through some of the finest scenery in Britain. You can also enjoy cycling on the Tarka trail ( a man-made cycle track passing through lovely countryside ) or excellent surfing at Woolacombe or Croyde,
|Cycle Hire from Barnstable - Tarka Trail|
|There is also the annual walking and cycling festival held throughout North Devon and Exmoor, visit www.walkcyclenorthdevon.co.uk Horse riding, Quad biking, 4X4 and Paint Balling are all available at multiple sites locally. ( 01271 862247 )|
|There are top class but afforadable golf courses at Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Mortehoe.
For the sea lover there are small passenger boats departing from Ilfracombe Harbour throughout the summer, or why not visit Lundy Island on the MS Oldenburg ( 01271 863636 ).
|The sea fisherman is well catered for here in Ilfracombe, either fishing from the shore during the winter months or from one of the many boats that specialise in off shore and deep sea fishing trips during the summer.|
|Recommended Local Attractions|
|North Devon's All Weather Attractions|
| Situated on the North Devon coast just off the A39 Atlantic Highway two miles west of Bideford,
The Big Sheep is a superb family attraction.