Ilfracombe is now thought to be one of the most popular tourist resorts in North Devon, making it the ideal choice for a staycation this summer 2021 and into 2022.
Things to Do & Discover
Here are just some of the many great things to do and see during your visit to Ilfracombe. The town is packed full of family-friendly attractions and activities, including beaches ideal for sunbathing, watersports, and pretty much anything in between.
Home to many world-famous attractions, including the unique and historic Tunnel Beaches, and Damien Hirst’s sculpture Verity located beside the harbour, symbolising the modern allegory of truth and justice. With award-winning beaches, theatres, theme parks and annual events, it’s not hard to see how Ilfracombe has been a particularly popular resort since the Victorian era.
Out of This World Beaches
On one hand, there is Wildermouth Beach, Rapparee Cove and Hele Cove, which boast great rock pooling and if you’re looking for something a little more secluded. On the other hand, there is Tunnels Beaches, one of the most famous beaches in North Devon. Known for the iconic hand-carved tunnels that were built in the 1820s by the Victorian’s, it is now a popular heritage attraction and wedding venue. If you make your way through the tunnel you are welcomed by a truly picturesque beach like no other.
There is a whole host of ways to ensure your time is as well spent. You can get a ferry or helicopter over to Lundy Island, a protected nature reserve that can be seen from the mainland. Get up close and personal with North Devon’s puffin population and a huge variety of bird, wild and marine life including seals and dolphins. Not to mention, an abundance of activities such as swimming, snorkelling, climbing all from this truly magnificent island. Book in advance through the Landmark Trust https://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland/day-trips/bookings/ or The Carlton Hotel.
Back to the mainland, one of the most loved local attractions has to be Ilfracombe Aquarium. Discover and learn all about the magical marine life both near and far, boasting over 75 different species.
The Favourite Spot For Foodies
Ilfracombe is top of the destinations for discovering incredible food and drink venues. With its bustling harbour port, you will certainly find many places that serve day boat fish and seafood. Not to mention the freshest of fish and chips and what better place to eat them than by the harbour or on the beach looking taking in the sea views.