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Coach Holidays to Ilfracombe

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Coach holidays to Ilfracombe have always been a firm favourite with UK holidaymakers. Ilfracombe nestles around a beautiful old harbour with the breath taking scenery of North Devon as a backdrop. Commonly known as a pretty harbour town and seaside resort, Ilfracombe is enclosed by massive slate cliffs. Its beautiful Victorian style and unspoilt charm transports you back in time. For generations, many of the local, independent stores have been passed through the same family. As a result of the stunning coastal scenery and array of attractions, it is clear to see why this harbour town is a popular choice for tourists seeking coach holidays to Ilfracombe.

Things To Do In Ilfracombe

This seaside resort is great for holiday makers who appreciate the great outdoors in this rugged area of North Devon. Ilfracombe attract many walkers and cyclists. For those who are energetic, there are splendid walks along the Coastal Path, the famous Torrs walks, as well as opportunities for swimming in the Tunnel beaches and coves. But, if you like to take things a bit easier, the ever-changing harbour is definitely worth a visit, as well as a stroll through the delightful gardens. 

A boat trip to see the spectacular cliffs of North Devon or visit the legendary Isle of Lundy is a popular choice with holidaymakers in Ilfracombe. There is also plenty to do in the evenings with theatre, concerts and cinemas. In addition, entertainment is provided at our hotel. However, families may wish to venture out a little bit further to visit the award-winning Ilfracombe Aquarium, or the amusement park and zoo close by. Now recognised as an ‘up-and-coming culture and foodie destination’ Ilfracombe has a variety of art galleries. One of the most controversial pieces of contemporary art here is Damien Hirst’s ‘Verity’s statue’. This adds to the towns fascinating yet curious costal charm.

Excursion Highlights

Bideford & Hartland Abbey

Bideford is a historic port town situated on the estuary of the River Torridge. Sir Richard Grenville, who founded many of Elizabeth I’s overseas colonies, is commemorated in the town’s parish church. The arched bridge is one of the longest medieval bridges in England. (Entrance included in tour cost). 

During the trip we visit Hartland Abbey, the longest surviving pre-reformation monastery building in the UK. Also of great national interest, is the architecture and decoration from the Medieval, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods. The Abbey is home to 50 acres of grounds, including the beautiful 18th century Walled and Woodland gardens.



Exmoor & Dunster

This picturesque national park is named after the River Exe. Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954. Several areas within the Exmoor National Park have been declared ‘Sites of Special Scientific Interest’ due to their flora and fauna. Set in Exmoor National Park and first referenced in the Doomsday Book is Dunster Castle. This is a Grade I listed building surrounded by spectacular gardens. (Entrance fees apply. This may not be suitable for mobility impaired guests due to steep hills and steps). Additionally, Dunster Water Mill is a fine example of a fully-restored working water mill in the West Country.


Minehead, Lynton & Lynmouth

Minehead was once a port on the Bristol Channel. It now has a flat promenade housing cafés, bars and shops as well as offering access to the beach. St. Michael’s Church, built around the 14th to 15th century, can be found on the lower slopes of North Hill. Blenheim Gardens, Minehead’s largest park, opened in 1925 and remains a popular attraction. Lynton & Lynmouth’s water-operated cliff railway offers spectacular views. (Fees apply. This may not be suitable for wheelchair users). These twin towns are situated on the North Devon coast. Although smaller, Lynmouth is the more well known of the two towns. Lynmouth is recognised for being ‘discovered’ by the poet Shelley. His bride Mary was the author of famous novel, Frankenstein.

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