Located on the North Devon coast, Ilfracombe is a Victorian seaside town with a small harbour. The steep cliffs lead down to sandy beaches which are popular with families. The landmarks include the Iron Age fortress on Hillsborough Hill, the modern Landmark Theatre and St Nicholas Chapel on Lantern Hill. The town has a busy High Street and many charming restaurants on the roads leading down to the harbour. The notable architecture includes a corner shop built in Flemish style in 1899 and the historic Royal Clarence Hotel façade.
The area offers many delightful walks with breathtaking coastal scenery. The scenic coastal path leads westerly from the harbour over the headland to the bay at Lee where an excellent lunch can be enjoyed in the gardens of the local inn. The wild Exmoor coast starts just 9 miles from your Ilfracombe holiday rental.
Ilfracombe has a lively calendar of cultural events, many of which are centred on the Landmark Theatre. Beaches
As well as the main beach, Ilfracombe has a Blue Flag Tunnels Beach, accessed via a tunnel which was hand carved through the rock by miners in 1820. It has an old Bath House and a pump house which still pumps seawater into the swimming pools.
Combe Martin is one of the longest villages in England, straggling up the river valley for several miles. It has a small beach with a river running through it. Browse the local gift shops and look for the interesting Pack o’ Cards Inn, which was built in the style of a House of Cards, allegedly from the winnings of a card game.
The National Trust property of Arlington Court includes a historic Carriage Museum. Located near Barnstaple, this Regency House has a wonderfully furnished interior and picturesque gardens.
Overlooking Watermouth Cove, this impressive castle is the site of a family theme park. There are plenty of rides and activities including a nostalgic display of antique pier machines, rides, mystical water gardens and a maze.
Located in the southwest of England, the area around Ilfracombe generally has mild winters and reasonably warm, sunny summers with occasional showers. Average daily high temperatures throughout the year range from 9-21°C (48-70°F) with the heaviest rain showers between October and January.
The best way to get to Ilfracombe is to drive. Follow the M5 south to Bridgwater then take the slow but scenic A39 coastal road and the A399 to Ilfracombe. Driving is also the best way to get around and explore this delightful area.