The beautiful coastal town of Ilfracombe has everything that you could want from a seaside resort. Situated in North Devon the town boasts miles of beautiful beaches and plenty of attractions all within easy walking distance of the town centre. There are also a number of different festivals that take place here across the year so it is worth checking for local events before you decide to visit. The town’s historic harbour is the focus for the majority of the festivals and events that take place here along with the lovely quayside area. No matter what you are looking for in a seaside getaway you are guaranteed to find it here. From secluded and seemingly secret coves to rock pools just waiting to be explored by young adventurers and the broad expanses of beach complete with crashing waves being ridden by surfers, it is very much a family oriented town and there is something for all of the family to do at all of the different attractions to be found here.
Things to See and Do
Whether you love to be out and about making the most of the fresh air or exploring the history and heritage of the place through museums and galleries there is plenty for everyone to do. There are a number of scenic walks around the area, as well as outside activities such as clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, fishing and cycling. Of course there are also a number of water based activities to get involved in too such as sub aqua diving and surfing. For those looking to explore the heritage of the place there is lots of information to be found relating to the harbour and quayside areas as there has been a port in the town since as far back as the twelfth century. Although a destination of choice for the many tourists that come to the area it is still very much a working harbour and fresh seafood is brought into port daily.
Places to Visit
Take a cruise out to Lundy Island or take part in a sea life safari. You are sure to spot the local seal colony and a myriad of sea birds that make their homes on the cliff face. Ilfracombe is the home of the oldest lighthouse in the UK that is still in use. It is located on Lantern Hill alongside St Nicholas’ chapel which was built in 1361. The lifeboat station is open to visitors and the aquarium is always a hit with the younger members of the family. Ilfracombe is also the home of ‘Verity’ a 20 metre tall art installation designed by Damian Hurst. A Visit to Ilfracombe would not be complete without a trip to the Tunnels Beaches; a network of tunnels that were hand carved out of the rock, which led to beautiful bathing beaches and an authentic Victorian bathing pool. The Ilfracombe Museum is a good place to spend an afternoon should the weather take a turn for the worse and you can indulge your senses at the chocolate museum as well as pick up something to satisfy your sweet tooth at Walkers Chocolate Emporium.