Destination guide

Soak up the sun with Ilfracombe holiday rentals

Framed by soaring cliffs and shingle sand, Ilfracombe is a genteel seaside resort set on the North Devon Coast. Wandering its flower-filled streets, you'll come across graceful Victorian terraces, steepled churches and a breezy waterfront promenade. Planning a seaside getaway? From romantic weekends away to sun-filled family beach breaks, Ilfracombe holiday rentals cater to every occasion.


Historic attractions near your Ilfracombe holiday rental

Ilfracombe's elegant houses recall the grandeur of a bygone era. History buffs won't want to miss Watermouth Castle, a 19th-century stronghold that's been reimagined as a family-friendly theme park. You can step back in time at Tunnels Beaches, where hand-carved tunnels wind down to a glassy tidal pool that's been welcoming bathers since the 1820s. From 16th-century cottages to grand Victorian estates, Ilfracombe holiday rentals offer a unique experience for history buffs.


Sightseeing in and around Ilfracombe

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that Ilfracombe has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lynton and Lymouth Cliff Railway (10.9 mi / 17.5 km)
  • Big Sheep (14 mi / 22.5 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventures in Ilfracombe with private holiday lets

Ilfracombe's beaches may steal the spotlight, but the seaside resort also unlocks access to some of Devon's top walking trails. The scenic South West Coast Path passes through Ilfracombe and showcases beautiful seascapes and rolling countryside. You can also rent a bike and explore the Tarka Cycle Trail, or spend the day rambling in the vast moorlands and wooded valleys of Exmoor National Park.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Ilfracombe

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Ilfracombe is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Barricane Beach (6 mi / 9.7 km)
  • Woolacombe Beach (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Putsborough Sands (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
  • Croyde Bay (8.2 mi / 13.3 km)
  • Saunton Sands (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Glen Lyn Gorge (11.7 mi / 18.9 km)

North Devon beach-hopping with Ilfracombe holiday lets

Wildersmouth Beach is an easy stroll from the town centre, and great for swimming, sunbathing and sandcastle building. Barricane Beach, in nearby Woolacombe, is strewn with tiny shells. Woolacombe Beach itself is considered to be among Devon's best stretches of sand and the rolling waves at Croyde Beach – just to the south of Woolacombe – make it a Mecca for surfers. After a day of beach-hopping, enjoy a well-deserved sundowner on the terrace of your Ilfracombe holiday cottage.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Ilfracombe

The nearest airport is in Swansea (SWS), located 28.5 mi (45.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Cardiff (CWL-Cardiff Intl.), which is 35 mi (56.3 km) away.

How to get around

Getting around Ilfracombe from your holiday cottage

Ilfracombe's pedestrian-friendly streets and seafront promenade are best explored on foot. You can also jump aboard the brightly-painted Dotto Train. Holiday rentals in the Ilfracombe town centre put you within strolling distance of the beach, as well as a glut of cafes, restaurants and ice cream parlours. The region is well-serviced by local buses, while a car offers the freedom to explore the North Devon Coast at your own pace.

Food & drink 

Bite into farm-fresh fare with Ilfracombe holiday cottages

Ilfracombe offers plenty of top-notch restaurants, including a Michelin-starred bistro championing local seafood and farm-fresh produce. You can also wine and dine at traditional pubs, seafood taverns and a hip harbourside restaurant owned by local artist, Damien Hirst. A Devonshire cream tea, featuring scones, jam and lashings of clotted cream, is a rite of passage, while sun-drenched gardens and spacious kitchens make Ilfracombe holiday rentals the perfect excuse to dine in.

Essential info

Essential info for your Ilfracombe holiday rentals stay

  • Pack layers, as Ilfracombe can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Visit in the shoulder seasons to beat the crowds, unlock savings and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere
  • Experience Ilfracombe through a local lens with self-contained holiday cottages just steps from the seaside

How many holiday rentals are available around Ilfracombe?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,652 holiday lettings around Ilfracombe. From 537 cottages to 537 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Ilfracombe? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Ilfracombe. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Ilfracombe Harbour: 1,833 holiday lettings
  • Croyde Bay Beach: 2,028 holiday lettings
  • RHS Garden Rosemoor: 2,442 holiday lettings
  • Watersmeet House: 1,570 holiday lettings
  • Putsborough Sands: 2,007 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Ilfracombe listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Ilfracombe?

Yes, of course. offers 537 Cottages in Ilfracombe. Our other popular types of Ilfracombe holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 537 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 594 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 366 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Ilfracombe?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 143 holiday homes with pool available in Ilfracombe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.