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Maplewood Backpackers
Maplewood Backpackers - dream vacation

12 Fortescue Road, IlfracombeIlfracombe

Lantern House Ilfracombe
Lantern House Ilfracombe - dream vacation

Lantern House, 12 Coronation Terrace, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9NNIlfracombe

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Westwell Hall, Torrs ParkIlfracombe

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Ilfracombe is a small town on the North Devon coast in the west of England. It has a beautiful harbour and some wonderful examples of Victorian architecture. Ilfracombe has become a culinary centre for the area with several excellent seafood restaurants, a buzzing cafe culture and Damien Hirsts' 10 The Quay restaurant. Ilfracombe has a vibrant, up and coming feel to it and is perfectly placed for a great family holiday.

Get in

By road

  • Ilfracombe sits on the A361 road which is connected to the M5 Motorway near Tiverton. Ilfracombe is typically 2 hours drive from Bristol.

By coach

  • The town is served by National Express coaches, including direct services to Bristol and London (via Heathrow Airport).
  • Several holiday companies offer coach holidays in Ilfracombe.

By train

  • The nearest train station is situated in Barnstaple, at the end of the branch line from Exeter. Local bus services connect Ilfracombe to 1 Barnstaple station.

Get around

By bus

  • Local buses connect Ilfracombe to the surrounding seaside resorts, including neighbouring Woolacombe, a large sandy beach popular with surfers.
  • Frequent buses also connect Ilfracombe to nearby towns and villages, including Combe MartinBraunton and Barnstaple: the largest town in the area.


  • 1 Ilfracombe Aquarium, The Quay, EX34 9EQ, ☏ +44 1271 864533. (updated Jan 2018)
  • 2 Ilfracombe Museum, Wilder Rd, EX34 8AF, ☏ +44 1271 863541. M-Sa: 10AM-5PM, Su: Closed. (updated Jan 2018)
  • 3 Chambercombe Manor, ☏ +44 1271 862624. M-F: 11AM-4PM, Sa: Closed, Su: noon-4PM. A white-painted Norman manor house, apparently haunted. (updated Jan 2018)
  • 4 Verity. The new giant art installation by Damien Hirst, situated on the end of the pier. (updated Jan 2018)
  • 5 St. Nicholas's Chapel, Lantern Hill, EX34 9EQ. Chapel with lighthouse lantern. (updated Oct 2016)


  • Take a day-trip to Swansea or Penarth (near Cardiff) on a paddle steamer – summer only.
  • 1 Lundy Island. Take a trip to Lundy. See puffins and seals. (updated Jan 2018)
  • Take a walk up Hillsborough or Capstone for superb views.
  • Walk the coast path to Lee and Woolacombe and beyond
  • 2 Landmark Theatre. (updated Jan 2018)
  • 3 The Embassy Cinema, 134 High St, EX34 9EZ, ☏ +44 1271 862323. (updated Jan 2018)


  • Enjoy the High Street with its' wide range of independent shops


  • Espresso. For great seafood and meat. 
  • Gazpacho. For authentic Spanish food and fabulous tapas. 
  • 10 The Quay. For good food surrounded by Damien Hirst artwork and sometimes a chance to spot him. 
  • Grassroots. For great vegetarian delights. 
  • The Deli. For coffee, brunch and lunch. 
  • Maddys. Fish and chips. 
  • Harbour deli. Olives, paninis and coffee. 
  • Joe Deluccis. Great ice cream. 

For pub grub go down Fore Street. At the end before reaching the harbour the George & Dragon as well as the Prince of Wales serve food.


  • 1 The Admiral Collingwood, Wilder Rd, EX34 9AP, ☏ +44 1271 862373. Su-Th: 8AM-midnight, F-Sa: 8AM-1AM. Wetherspoon's pub. (updated Jan 2018)


  • Ilfracombe Carlton, Runnacleave Road, EX34 8AR, ☏ +44 1271 862446, ✉ enquiries@ilfracombecarlton.co.uk. (updated Mar 2021)
  • 1 Royal Britannia Hotel, Broad St, The Harbour, EX34 9EE, ☏ +44 1271 862939. 

A couple of B&Bs are located on St. Brannock's Road near the intersection with Bicclescombe Park Road. If you do not want to walk from here to the town centre, a bus stop is right at this intersection.

Go next

  • Passenger ferries to Lundy Island
  • Exmoor National Park lies 4 miles to the east by road from Ilfracombe
  • Dartmoor National Park is about 1 hour's drive to the south.

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