Ilfracombe is the premier holiday resort in North Devon. It enjoys a setting of rare beauty amongst the breathtaking scenery of Exmoor and the North Devon coastline and boasts a range of activities, attractions and events to suit all age groups.
The town nestles in the hills and cliffs of Capstone and Hillsborough which overlook the recently re-developed harbour. There are splendid walks along the Coastal Path including the famous Torrs walks, or swimming at the Tunnel beaches, which were first developed in the Victorian period. The Landmark Theatre provides high quality comedy, drama and music in its state-of-the-art auditorium.
There are boat trips with the opportunity to observe seals and falcons at close quarters. Boat trips also run to the Isle of Lundy, an island shrouded in myth and mystery.
Ilfracombe hosts a number of competitions and festivals, such as the Ilfracombe Carnival Procession and Victorian Week. The whole of North Devon is characterised by varying landscapes, from a coastline of spectacular cliffs and sandy coves to an expanse of wild moorland, fertile river valleys and lush rolling hills.
National Trust properties and stately homes such as those of Marwood Hill and Rosemoor, with grounds and delightful gardens are dotted across the area. There are numerous possible excursions ranging from a fun day out at the Big Sheep with its duck trials and sheep racing, to a trip to Lynton and Lynmouth – the ‘Little Switzerland’ of England – with their unique connecting water-operated cliff railway.
We use the Imperial Hotel, a Leisureplex Hotel.
Ilfracombe’s town centre is a treat for shoppers and fans of Victorian architecture and history. The town’s selection of independent shops, greengrocers, butchers and bakers, some handed down through generations, complement well-known High Street names, whilst around the harbour and along the seafront there is a range of souvenir and traditional seaside shops.
Beaches and Gardens
In between the intriguing caves and towering cliffs, the resort provides access to award-winning, clean and extensive beaches such as Woolacombe and Croyde, as well as the shingle/pebble beach of Wildersmouth. Inland, Ilfracombe is noted for its delightful gardens, Runnymede and Jubilee, which surround its bustling harbour.