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Ilfracombe guidebook

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Ilfracombe guidebook

Beaches
a few minutes walk from the apartment, you access the little beach a historic victorian tunnel carved in to the rock. Visit at low tide to use the natural swimming pool. There are toilets and a small shop
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Tunnels Beaches
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a few minutes walk from the apartment, you access the little beach a historic victorian tunnel carved in to the rock. Visit at low tide to use the natural swimming pool. There are toilets and a small shop
The other end to Woolacombe beach so miles of sand and great surf. There are also plenty rock pools for kids to play in. A bit further to drive but worth it for close parking, a little cafe and nice toilets.
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Putsborough Beach
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The other end to Woolacombe beach so miles of sand and great surf. There are also plenty rock pools for kids to play in. A bit further to drive but worth it for close parking, a little cafe and nice toilets.
The big one! 3 miles of yellow sand. Great for surfing and you can hire everything you need on the beach. If it looks busy by the main car park you can continue to Marine Drive and get to the beach through the sand dunes. Please only swim between the lifeguard flags. Putsborough beach is at the far end, with parking and a small cafe & shop
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Woolacombe Beach
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The big one! 3 miles of yellow sand. Great for surfing and you can hire everything you need on the beach. If it looks busy by the main car park you can continue to Marine Drive and get to the beach through the sand dunes. Please only swim between the lifeguard flags. Putsborough beach is at the far end, with parking and a small cafe & shop
just round the headland from Woolacombe. Best visited at low tide, Barricaine has a shell beach with a little beach cafe (the one that serves curry in the evening). At low tide you can walk round to Combesgate, a beautiful sandy beach with rock pools and great surf.
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Barricane Beach
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just round the headland from Woolacombe. Best visited at low tide, Barricaine has a shell beach with a little beach cafe (the one that serves curry in the evening). At low tide you can walk round to Combesgate, a beautiful sandy beach with rock pools and great surf.
A short drive away or longish over Hillsborough. A sheltered cove with cafe and toilets. Calm water so good for swimming and kayaking. Good for climbing rocks and enough sand for sandcastles. There is a very reasonable car park just behind the pub.
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Hele Bay
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A short drive away or longish over Hillsborough. A sheltered cove with cafe and toilets. Calm water so good for swimming and kayaking. Good for climbing rocks and enough sand for sandcastles. There is a very reasonable car park just behind the pub.
Great Outdoors
f you have your own bikes you can cycle from Ilfracombe. Follow Station Road to the start of the trail. If you need to hire bikes you can drive to Barnstaple train station to Tarka Trail Cycle Hire and from there cycle to Fremington, Appledore and Bideford - A great day out!
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Tarka Trail Cycle Hire
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f you have your own bikes you can cycle from Ilfracombe. Follow Station Road to the start of the trail. If you need to hire bikes you can drive to Barnstaple train station to Tarka Trail Cycle Hire and from there cycle to Fremington, Appledore and Bideford - A great day out!
At Combe Martin beach you can hire all the equipment you need then go off to explore the local coast and find hidden beaches. Check the tides, swell and weather first!
Surfside Kayak Hire
At Combe Martin beach you can hire all the equipment you need then go off to explore the local coast and find hidden beaches. Check the tides, swell and weather first!
There are are plenty of fishing or sightseeing trips you can book from the harbour. We would recommend Ilfracombe Sea Safari for fishing trips or a fun thrill ride on the orange powerboat. Try the Ilfracombe Princess for a more sedate sightseeing trip.
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Ilfracombe SeaSafari
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There are are plenty of fishing or sightseeing trips you can book from the harbour. We would recommend Ilfracombe Sea Safari for fishing trips or a fun thrill ride on the orange powerboat. Try the Ilfracombe Princess for a more sedate sightseeing trip.
a short drive to a nice easy walk or cycle through woodlands around a lake.
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Wistlandpound Reservoir
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a short drive to a nice easy walk or cycle through woodlands around a lake.
National Trust house with an extensive garden, including a walled garden and woodland walks. The house is quite small but there is also a separate carriage museum. There are often crafts and activities for kids in the holidays. Currently you have to book a time slot.
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Arlington Court
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National Trust house with an extensive garden, including a walled garden and woodland walks. The house is quite small but there is also a separate carriage museum. There are often crafts and activities for kids in the holidays. Currently you have to book a time slot.
10 min drive, beautiful gardens with a cafe serving cream teas and lunches. A great plant shop too
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Marwood Hill Gardens
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10 min drive, beautiful gardens with a cafe serving cream teas and lunches. A great plant shop too
Worth the 45 min drive to one of the biggest gardens in the country. Currently you have to book a time slot
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RHS Garden Rosemoor
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Worth the 45 min drive to one of the biggest gardens in the country. Currently you have to book a time slot
Family fun
* Not open during 2020* A little theme park only 10 minute drive. Great for primary school age kids.
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Watermouth Castle
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* Not open during 2020* A little theme park only 10 minute drive. Great for primary school age kids.
A lovely zoo set in a pretty valley with monkeys, lions, penguins, a sea lion show and animatronic life sized dinosaurs. There is also a large soft play (although this may be shut due to Covid-19).
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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
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A lovely zoo set in a pretty valley with monkeys, lions, penguins, a sea lion show and animatronic life sized dinosaurs. There is also a large soft play (although this may be shut due to Covid-19).
Indoor trampoline park (30 min drive), the toddler sessions ( 18 months - 5 years) are a blast! booking online essential
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Air Extreme Trampoline Park
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Indoor trampoline park (30 min drive), the toddler sessions ( 18 months - 5 years) are a blast! booking online essential
2 minute walk! Screen 7 has armchairs and all screens are licensed it is very good value. ( there are only 3 screens - 1, 2 & 7.. weird!)
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Embassy Ilfracombe Cinema
134 High Street
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2 minute walk! Screen 7 has armchairs and all screens are licensed it is very good value. ( there are only 3 screens - 1, 2 & 7.. weird!)
Exhibits not open during summer 2020! - At the harbour, small but good for young kids, the staff are very friendly and informative and there is a cafe with a great terrace over looking the harbour.
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The Ilfracombe Aquarium
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Exhibits not open during summer 2020! - At the harbour, small but good for young kids, the staff are very friendly and informative and there is a cafe with a great terrace over looking the harbour.
Food scene
Best coffee in town and just a minute from the house! They do great breakfasts such as granola, pancakes and smoothies. Also wraps, soups and salads for lunch, delicious home made cakes too.
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Annie and the Flint
126 High St
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Best coffee in town and just a minute from the house! They do great breakfasts such as granola, pancakes and smoothies. Also wraps, soups and salads for lunch, delicious home made cakes too.
One of our favourites, a lovely intimate restaurant with delicious flavours and a work of art on every plate. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
The Antidote restaurant & boutique accommodation
20 St James Pl
One of our favourites, a lovely intimate restaurant with delicious flavours and a work of art on every plate. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Lovely little pub serving the best Sunday roasts and midweek homemade food. A nice place to go for a pint too with a glimpse of the sea from the beer garden at the front.
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The Thatched Inn
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Lovely little pub serving the best Sunday roasts and midweek homemade food. A nice place to go for a pint too with a glimpse of the sea from the beer garden at the front.
A must for seafood lovers, the seafood platter is incredible! It has outside seating at the bottom of Capstone perfect for the sunny day.
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Espresso Seafood Bar and Grill
1 St James Pl
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A must for seafood lovers, the seafood platter is incredible! It has outside seating at the bottom of Capstone perfect for the sunny day.
Nice little local Italian restaurant. Family run and they are great with kids. The tagliatelli de la casa finished off with tiramisu is my favourite!
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Giovanni & Luca
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Nice little local Italian restaurant. Family run and they are great with kids. The tagliatelli de la casa finished off with tiramisu is my favourite!
Located in the Marine Drive car park. A fantastic little cafe right at the top of the sand dunes. Great coffee, wraps, cakes, salads, pies and vegan options.
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The Porthole
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Located in the Marine Drive car park. A fantastic little cafe right at the top of the sand dunes. Great coffee, wraps, cakes, salads, pies and vegan options.
Perfect place for a cream tea, in a walled garden next to the National Trust car park at Croyde beach.
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Sandleigh Tea Room & Garden
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Perfect place for a cream tea, in a walled garden next to the National Trust car park at Croyde beach.
Situated on the working side of the harbour (opposite side to all the shops). A seasonal fishmongers where you buy direct from the fishing boats. There is also outside seating for lunch serving a seafood based menu including seafood platters and crab sandwiches.
S & P Fish Shop
1 The Cove
Situated on the working side of the harbour (opposite side to all the shops). A seasonal fishmongers where you buy direct from the fishing boats. There is also outside seating for lunch serving a seafood based menu including seafood platters and crab sandwiches.
Thomas Carr opened his new restaurant '1873' on Fore street in September 2020. A small and relaxed restaurant creating British fine dining with an emphasis on local seafood from a Michelin starred chef. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
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Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
54 Fore St
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Thomas Carr opened his new restaurant '1873' on Fore street in September 2020. A small and relaxed restaurant creating British fine dining with an emphasis on local seafood from a Michelin starred chef. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.