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Ilfracombe & Combe Martin
Ilfracombe is a charming seaside town with picturesque harbour and characteristic Victorian architecture. The harbour continues to be a working fishing quay and offers the opportunity to take coastal wildlife tours and fishing trips. Its rich maritime history is document at the local museum.
Over recent years Ilfracombe has become famous through the installation of Damien Hirst’s sculpture ‘Verity’ that is situated in the harbour. This world-famous artist also has a café/ restaurant and gallery on the quay.
Ilfracombe has an abundance of independent shops and galleries along with café’s, pub’s, fish and chip shops, ice cream parlours, cream teas and restaurants of which some have attained Michelin star status. Amenities are plentiful and the town also boasts the Landmark Theatre, cinema and leisure centre with indoor swimming pool.
A must see in Ilfracombe are the Tunnels beaches both unique and sheltered with tidal Victorian bathing pools. All of which are reached through hand carved tunnels dating back to the 1820’s.
Beautiful beaches and coves surround Ilfracombe; Hele Bay, Rapparee Cove and Watermouth Cove, a popular place for water sports. Ilfracombe golf club is popular and there are opportunities to go horse riding within close proximity. Walking is plentiful and the South West coast path can easily be joined on either side of the town’s harbour.
5 miles along the coast, is the small and sheltered village of Combe Martin that resides on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The village has one long street that runs through the valley for one and a half miles and offers a range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants many of which are in close proximity to the beach. Combe Martin is a great place to swim, kayak, explore rock pools and sea caves, you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Dolphins.