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Richard’s Ilfracombe guidebook

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Richard’s Ilfracombe guidebook

Sightseeing
A network of hand carved tunnels leading to sheltered beaches and tidal Victorian bathing pool. Rated the UK's 3rd best rock pooling beach by BBC Wildlife Magazine.
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Tunnels Beaches
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A network of hand carved tunnels leading to sheltered beaches and tidal Victorian bathing pool. Rated the UK's 3rd best rock pooling beach by BBC Wildlife Magazine.
offers an escape from the modern world and great walking, bird watching, diving, climbing and canoeing. Catch a ferry there from Ilfracombe harbour.
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Lundy
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offers an escape from the modern world and great walking, bird watching, diving, climbing and canoeing. Catch a ferry there from Ilfracombe harbour.
Exmoor National Park has Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, the tallest tree and highest cliffs in England. It's home to almost 250 species of bird, over 1000 different plants, wild Red Deer and Exmoor ponies, and over 4000 archaeological sites.
Lynmouth
Exmoor National Park has Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, the tallest tree and highest cliffs in England. It's home to almost 250 species of bird, over 1000 different plants, wild Red Deer and Exmoor ponies, and over 4000 archaeological sites.
Full of curiosities. Discover Ilfracombe’s rich history and see objects from around the world. The varied collections cover natural history and archaeology, art and photography, costume and domestic history.
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Ilfracombe Museum
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Full of curiosities. Discover Ilfracombe’s rich history and see objects from around the world. The varied collections cover natural history and archaeology, art and photography, costume and domestic history.
The picturesque harbour and Damien Hirst's famous Verity statue are well worth a visit. You will find most of Ilfracombe's smaller non-chain shops nearby too.
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Ilfracombe Harbour
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The picturesque harbour and Damien Hirst's famous Verity statue are well worth a visit. You will find most of Ilfracombe's smaller non-chain shops nearby too.
The UK's only fully water powered railway and bronze winner of Devon's Large Attraction of the Year 2018. Built in 1888, it remains the world's highest and steepest fully water powered railway and one of only three in the world. With 862 feet of steep track and an elevation of 500 feet, the railway provides a memorable experience. A family attraction for all ages and dogs are welcome too.
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Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway (Top station)
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The UK's only fully water powered railway and bronze winner of Devon's Large Attraction of the Year 2018. Built in 1888, it remains the world's highest and steepest fully water powered railway and one of only three in the world. With 862 feet of steep track and an elevation of 500 feet, the railway provides a memorable experience. A family attraction for all ages and dogs are welcome too.
Dartington create contemporary crystal and glass and you can watch it being made whilst learning about the skills. They also sell Dartington products and fashion, homeware and gifts from other brands.
Dartington Crystal Visitor Centre, Shops & Cafe
Dartington create contemporary crystal and glass and you can watch it being made whilst learning about the skills. They also sell Dartington products and fashion, homeware and gifts from other brands.
The closest beach to where you are staying, a one mile walk away. Beware, it is hilly on the way home!
Wildersmouth Beach
The closest beach to where you are staying, a one mile walk away. Beware, it is hilly on the way home!
Food scene
Thomas was born locally and won Ilfracombe's first Michelin star.
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Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room
54 Fore St
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Thomas was born locally and won Ilfracombe's first Michelin star.
A traditional thatched 17th Century family run pub with food.
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The Thatched Inn
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A traditional thatched 17th Century family run pub with food.
Right in the heart of Ilfracombe, overlooking Wildersmouth Beach. They use the best local fresh ingredients with a Mediterranean theme.
Symphony of the Sea Hotel
4 The Promenade
Right in the heart of Ilfracombe, overlooking Wildersmouth Beach. They use the best local fresh ingredients with a Mediterranean theme.
The closest supermarket to my flat. 0.4 miles away, walking time around 8 minutes.
Tesco Superstore
The closest supermarket to my flat. 0.4 miles away, walking time around 8 minutes.
Has a Licensed bar and restaurant serving breakfast and evening meals. They use locally sourced produce as much as possible.
The Darnley Hotel
3 Belmont Road
Has a Licensed bar and restaurant serving breakfast and evening meals. They use locally sourced produce as much as possible.
American themed food, with good options for the kids. Note, this is in Berrynarbor- car/ taxi required once the buses finish for the day, otherwise around a 1 hour walk.
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Sawmills Free House
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American themed food, with good options for the kids. Note, this is in Berrynarbor- car/ taxi required once the buses finish for the day, otherwise around a 1 hour walk.
Activities
An activity centre offering axe throwing, Quad biking, archery and a 4×4 Land Rover experience. Open whatever the weather- they say the wetter the better!
Keypitts Off Road Adventures
An activity centre offering axe throwing, Quad biking, archery and a 4×4 Land Rover experience. Open whatever the weather- they say the wetter the better!
Great for walking and has the longest continuous off-road cycle path in the UK.
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Tarka Trail
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Great for walking and has the longest continuous off-road cycle path in the UK.
The stunning South West coast path passes right through Ilfracombe. Great views and great walks.
southwest coast path
The stunning South West coast path passes right through Ilfracombe. Great views and great walks.
Featured in Golf World's Top 100 Courses in the WORLD. Founded in 1864, it is the oldest golf course in the country.
Royal North Devon Golf Club
Featured in Golf World's Top 100 Courses in the WORLD. Founded in 1864, it is the oldest golf course in the country.
Check the "places to fish in Devon" section of their website. Also you can arrange a sea angling or diving trip with Obsession in Ilfracombe harbour.
North Devon Tackle
Check the "places to fish in Devon" section of their website. Also you can arrange a sea angling or diving trip with Obsession in Ilfracombe harbour.
Open to non-members. Rated one of the best cliff-top courses in England.
Ilfracombe Golf Club
Open to non-members. Rated one of the best cliff-top courses in England.
It has a 12 bay driving range and 18 hole Pitch and Putt course plus a Radio Controlled Car Track.
Ilfracombe & Woolacombe Golf Range
It has a 12 bay driving range and 18 hole Pitch and Putt course plus a Radio Controlled Car Track.
A zoo set in 28 acres of botanical gardens with a themed train ride, fossil museum and life-size animatronic dinosaurs.
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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
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A zoo set in 28 acres of botanical gardens with a themed train ride, fossil museum and life-size animatronic dinosaurs.
A great all-weather day out for ages 0 to 100+ and awarded the 2nd Best Amusement Park in the UK by TripAdvisor in 2019. It's home to Devon's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, birds of prey shows, laser target shooting and much more.
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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A great all-weather day out for ages 0 to 100+ and awarded the 2nd Best Amusement Park in the UK by TripAdvisor in 2019. It's home to Devon's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, birds of prey shows, laser target shooting and much more.
Has something for all ages, including Battlefield Devon (like paint-balling but without the injuries), animals, rides and a brewery and gin distillery.
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The BIG Sheep
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Has something for all ages, including Battlefield Devon (like paint-balling but without the injuries), animals, rides and a brewery and gin distillery.
There’s something for everyone from age 5 years. Experience mountain biking, high level assault course (based on BBC's Total Wipeout and rated one of the best activities in the UK by The Guardian), coasteering, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking, mountain boarding, rifle shooting and surfing.
The Ultimate Adventure Centre
There’s something for everyone from age 5 years. Experience mountain biking, high level assault course (based on BBC's Total Wipeout and rated one of the best activities in the UK by The Guardian), coasteering, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking, mountain boarding, rifle shooting and surfing.
It is one of the West Country's premier family attractions, built around Watermouth Castle which was built in 1825.
Watermouth Castle
It is one of the West Country's premier family attractions, built around Watermouth Castle which was built in 1825.

Tipps für Reisende

Buche vor der Abreise
All food venues.
Check opening times and ideally book before you go to any restaurant or cafe. Outside the summer season places may close earlier than you expect and during the summer Ilfracombe gets very busy with tourists.