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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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Ilfracombe : Michelin's recommendations


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

  • 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 Harbour Lights

    26 Broad Street GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9BL

    This charming Victorian guest house and restaurant 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 Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and free tea..

  • Royal Britannia Hotel

    Broad Street GB - Ilfracombe EX34 9EE

    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...

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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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