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Ilfracombe is a small town on the North Devon coast in the west of England. It has a beautiful harbour and some wonderful examples of Victorian architecture. Recently Ilfracombe has become a culinary centre for the area with several excellent seafood restaurants, a buzzing cafe culture and Damien Hirsts' 10 The Quay restaurant. Mr Hirst recently announced his intention to build 500 eco homes on the outskirts of the town. Ilfracombe has a vibrant, up and coming feel to it and is perfectly placed for a great family holiday.

Tourist Information[edit]

  • Visit Devon [1]

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

  • Ilfracombe sits on the A361 road which is connected to the M5 Motorway near Tiverton. Ilfracombe is typically 2 hours drive from Bristol.

By Coach[edit]

  • The town is served by National Express coaches, including direct services to Bristol and London (via Heathrow Airport). [2]
  • Several holiday companies offer coach holidays in Ilfracombe.

By Train[edit]

  • The nearest train station is situated in Barnstaple, at the end of the branch line from Exeter. Local bus services connect Ilfracombe to Barnstaple Train Station.

Get around[edit]

  • Local buses connect Ilfracombe to the surrounding seaside resorts, including neighbouring Woolacombe, a large sandy beach popular with surfers.
  • Frequent buses also connect Ilfracombe to nearby towns and villages, including Combe Martin, Braunton and Barnstaple: the largest town in the area.


Ilfracombe in Devon
  • 1 St. Nicholas's Chapel, Lantern Hill. Chapel with lighthouse lantern.


  • Take a day-trip to Swansea or Penarth (near Cardiff) on a paddle steamer - summer only.
  • Take a trip to Lundy Island. See puffins and seals.
  • Visit Ilfracombe Aquarium
  • Take a walk up Hillsborough or Capstone for superb views.
  • See 'Verity': the new giant art installation by Damien Hirst, situated on the end of the pier.
  • Visit Ilfracombe Museum
  • Watch a film at the cinema
  • Enjoy the High Street with its' wide range of independent shops
  • Visit Chambercombe Manor
  • Walk the coast path to Lee and Woolacombe and beyond
  • Watch a show at the Landmark Theatre



  • Espresso. for great seafood and meat
  • Gazpacho. for authentic Spanish food and fabulous tapas
  • 10 The Quay. for good food surrounded by Damien Hirst artwork and sometimes a chance to spot the man himself
  • Grassroots. for great vege delights
  • The Deli. for coffee, brunch and lunch
  • Maddys. fish n chips
  • Harbour deli. olives, paninis and coffee
  • Joe Deluccis. great ice cream



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