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England, Devon, Ilfracombe. Boats moored in Ilfracombe with St Nicholas's Chapel in the background. Ilfracombe dates back to the Iron Age and its name is translated from the 'Valley of the sons of Alfred'.
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This is the most popular seaside resort on the North Devon coast, with its scenery of cliffs and pretty creeks set against a backdrop of attractive wooded hills and valleys. Ilfracombe was originally a trading and fishing port, before attracting holidaymakers in the 19C when access was opened up, by steamship trips to and from Wales, and railway links with the rest of the country.

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Tourist attractions Ilfracombe : Things to see and do

  • Holy Trinity

    GB - Ilfracombe EX34 8AS

    The parish church dates from the Norman period (enlarged in the 14C) and has an ancient, elaborately carved wagon roof.

  • St Nicholas Chapel

    Lantern Hill GB - Ilfracombe EX34 8AS

    In the early 14C, the beacon set as a marker on Lantern Hill was replaced by this mariners' chapel which still has a light to guide shipping. From the rock platform on which the chapel stands, there is a good view over most of the harbour and the sea..

  • Tunnels Beaches

    Place Ilfracombe GB - Ilfracombe EX34 8AN

    In the 19C, the hill between the road and the sea was tunnelled and the cove on the far side made accessible. A sea wall was then built to prevent the tide running out and so provide all day bathing.

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Hotels Ilfracombe

  • Imperial Hotel

    Wilder Rd GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9AL

    Part of the Leisureplex Hotel Group, The Imperial Hotel in Ilfracombe is situated right on the seafront just 80 metres from the beach. The hotel has free parking and its own restaurant and cocktail bar. Rooms at the Imperial Hotel have modern en sui..

  • Grosvenor Hotel Two stars Two stars

    Wilder Road GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9AF

    Prix Prices from : 55 £

    In an elegant Victorian building, Grosvenor Hotel offers live entertainment, free parking and home-cooked food. The hotel is situated in Ilfracombe, just a 5-minute walk from the Tunnels Beaches. The bedrooms at Grosvenor are individually decorated..

  • Bath House Hotel

    Runnacleave Road GB - Ilfracombe EX34 8AR

    Prix Prices from : 74 £

    The Bath House Hotel is situated adjacent to the Tunnels Beaches car park, opposite the wedding venue, and close to the harbour, promenade and High Street. It offers a fitness centre, a bar, a restaurant and limited free parking. The hotel’s large, ..

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Restaurants Ilfracombe

  • Quay Comfortable restaurant 

    11 The Quay GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ

    Wander down to the harbourside and this smart red building stands out; inside, it's the artwork of owner Damien Hirst which catches the eye. Well-priced, appealing menu of simple, flavoursome dishes, with local produce to the fore.

  • La Gendarmerie Quite comfortable restaurant 

    63 Fore St GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9ED

    Once a police station, now a simple little restaurant with exposed stone walls and an intimate feel; personally run by a husband and wife team. Concise, daily changing menu showcases market produce in precise, skilfully executed combinations.

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