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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

  • 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

    Northfield Road 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.

  • Chambercombe Manor

    Chambercombe Lane GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9RJ

    Chambercombe Manor (15C-17C), a white-painted and slate-roofed house, lies in a wooded dell. Inside, interesting features include 300-year-old polished lime ash floors, barrel vaulting, an Elizabethan four-poster bed (16C), a Cromwellian oak cradle (..

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Hotels Ilfracombe

  • Royal Britannia Hotel

    Broad Street GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9EE

    Prix Prices from : 50 £

    Located in the picturesque Devonshire town of Illfracombe is the Royal Britannia Hotel. Totally refurbished in 2010, the hotel overlooks the harbour and has 2 restaurants and 2 bars, offering cuisine from Northern China, Sunday carvery and bar meals...

  • The Osborne Hotel

    Wilder Road GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9AQ

    Situated a 2-minute walk from Tunnels Beaches, the beach and the Landmark Theatre, family-run The Osborne Hotel boasts a ballroom, a dining room, a bar lounge, sauna, and a small games room. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, free parking, and easy ac..

  • The Dilkhusa Grand Hotel

    Wilder Road GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9AH

    Prix Prices from : 65 £

    Offering a restaurant and a bar, The Dilkhusa Grand Hotel is located in Ilfracombe and provides rooms with free WiFi access. The ocean is 300 metres away Rooms here come with a TV and an electric kettle. The private bathrooms are fitted with a bath ..

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Restaurants Ilfracombe

  • Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room Quite comfortable restaurant 

    56 Fore St GB - EX34 9DJ Ilfracombe

    A simple, homely restaurant beneath a B&B, run by an experienced local chef who trained under Nathan Outlaw. Ultra-fresh seafood is the focus, with dishes only confirmed once the day boat deliveries come in. Cooking is skilled.

  • La Gendarmerie Quite comfortable restaurant 

    63 Fore St GB - EX34 9ED Ilfracombe

    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.

  • Quay Comfortable restaurant 

    11 The Quay GB - EX34 9EQ Ilfracombe

    Long-standing restaurant on the harbourside; one of the first floor rooms overlooks the sea. It's owned by local lad Damien Hirst, who designed everything from the uniform to the crockery. Menus focus on local fish and Devon beef.

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