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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

  • The Harbour Lights

    26 Broad Street GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9BL

    This charming Victorian guest house is situated in the heart of Ilfracombe’s picturesque Heritage Harbour and on the route of the South West Coast Path. All rooms feature an en suite bathroom, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and free tea and coffee. Som..

  • The Osborne Hotel

    Wilder Road GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9AQ

    Prix Prices from : 70 £

    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..

  • Imperial Hotel Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Wilder Rd GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9AL

    Prix Prices from : 35 £

    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..

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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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