Friday 16th August 2019

10 Things To Do In Ilfracombe

Not too far from Willingcott Valley you’ll find the beautiful coastal town of Ilfracombe. Just a 10-minute journey in the car and you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning seaside charm and discover beautiful points of interest. To help get the best out of your holiday in North Devon, we've shortlisted 10 of the best things to do in Ilfracombe.

Ilfracombe Harbour

Ilfracombe harbour in North DevonPhoto credit: Ed Webster - Flickr

Ilfracombe is home to the largest harbour in North Devon. The iconic fishing port is packed with cafes, pubs, and shops giving it a wonderful atmosphere. Take in the beauty of Ilfracombe with a portion of fish & chips to enjoy the perfect harbourside experience.

Tunnels Beaches

ilfracombe tunnels beachesPhoto credit: David Loong - Flickr

The hand carved Tunnels Beaches were constructed in Victorian times to provide access to the unique sheltered beaches. The information along the inside of the tunnel walls provides a chance to delve into the history of Ilfracombe. Once though the tunnels, visitors can explore the beautiful beaches, rock pools and even take a swim in the Victorian bathing pool.

Ilfracombe Museum

Ilfracombe museumPhoto credit: Red Skelington - Flickr

Ilfracombe Museum is a perfect all-weather attraction for the family to explore. The museum boasts a growing collection of over 28,000 objects contained within 8 rooms. Consisting mainly of natural history, maritime and military themed treasures, some have a local importance and some items have origins from further afield.

Verity Statue

verity statue designed by Damien Hirst in Ilfracombe harbour

The controversial sculpture designed by Damien Hirst often divides opinion but always creates a talking point. Whether you like it or loathe it, you can't fail to miss the striking presence of the 20-metre high statue dominating the skyline.

Ilfracombe Sea Safari

Ilfracombe sea safariPhoto credit: Mark Clinton Johnson

Ilfracombe Sea Safari runs from March to October offering an exciting way to explore the North Devon coastline. Trips include a sunset safari to see the seals and lighthouse, a tour of smugglers cave, fishing trips and a waterfall safari.

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

combe Martin wildlife and dinosaur park family attraction near ilfracombe

Find out what life was like for dinosaurs at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. A fantastic all-weather attraction and perfect for a day out with all the family. Just a short 10 mile drive from Willingcott Valley.

Ilfracombe Aquarium

ilfracombe aquarium

Take a closer look at the aquatic side to North Devon at Ilfracombe Aquarium. Over 75 species include fish, crabs, octopuses and sea anemones from the local harbour and rockpools.

South West Coast Path

south west coast path from Lynton to Combe MartinPhoto credit: Miranda Wood - Flickr

Ilfracombe sits on the 13.9 mile section of the South West Coast Path from Combe Martin to Woolacombe. One of the more challenging parts of the path, but well-worth it for the breathtaking scenery.

Watermouth Castle

watermouth castle best things to do in ilfracombe

Watermouth Castle is a premier family attraction just a 20 minute drive from our North Devon holiday cottages. Visitors can explore the dungeon labyrinths and excellent outdoor area which provides fun for all the family.

Landmark Theatre

landmark theatre ilfracombePhoto credit: Mick Baker - Flickr

Built in the 1980s, this unusual pair of towers on the catches the eye on the promenade. If you're looking for  an evening of entertainment on your visit to Ilfracombe, Landmark Theatre provides musicals, live performances and stand-up comedy. 

We hope you have found this guide useful, and provides a great option for days out in North Devon. Just over 5 miles away from Willingcott Valley, our self catering accommodation near Ilfracombe provide the perfect location to enjoy a holiday to remember. Check availability now!

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