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Ilfracombe

Our pretty little fishing village is popular for its magnificent Victorian buildings that are set against a striking backdrop of sheer cliffs and surrounded by unspoiled beaches.  In an area of outstanding natural beauty, the scenery of the North Devon coast surrounding Ilfracombe’s charming natural harbour is quite beautiful and breath-taking.

In Ilfracombe the pace of life is slow and the air is fresh, this allows you to relax, take in the scenery and unwind from the stress of everyday life.  Take a stroll along the working harbour with its attractive pubs, restaurants and galleries that surround it to create a friendly atmosphere that is typical of Ilfracombe and its people.  Have a seat and watch time go by with a bag of traditional seaside fish and chips.
















Ilfracombe Aquarium

The aquarium provides a fantastic insight into the wonders of the aquatic world found locally around North Devon. The beautiful exhibits are carefully recreated natural habitats, providing home to over 75 species of fish, some of which for many visitors, have never been seen before. Whether you enjoy rock pooling, fishing or scuba diving you will be fascinated. For your planning, average visitor dwell time within the aquarium is 30 minutes, but many spend a lot longer with the fish or enjoying the excellent cafe and shop facilities.

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Ilfracombe Golf Club

"See the sea from every tee" at Ilfracombe Golf Club.
Ilfracombe Golf Club boasts one of the most spectacular locations in the UK for an exhilarating round of golf. Situated on top of the rugged cliffs of the North Devon coast, every tee has an awe-inspiring view over the sea, from the Welsh Coast and Lundy Island, to as far as the eye can see on the Atlantic horizon.

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Tunnels Beach

Hand carved in the 1820's, the four tunnels provide a truly unique experience.  Sit back and admire the lovely rugged scenery while the kids play safely in the tidal pool or explore our fantastic rock pools - The Tunnels has been rated the 3rd best beach for rock pooling in the UK by BBC Wildlife Magazine.>The award winning facilities include the very stylish and popular café blue bar, the play hut and beach shop.

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Chambercombe Manor

A really wonderful 11th Century Manor, within its own grounds, which, is fast gaining a reputation as one of "BRITAINS MOST HAUNTED HOUSES' and has recently been featured on 'Britain's Most Haunted' TV series. It is set in a secluded valley and the Manor was first recorded in the Doomsday Book and contains eight rooms of period furniture from Elizabethan to Victorian eras, including a Priest Hole, barrel ceiling and the infamous Haunted Room. There are over four acres of beautiful gardens, with ponds and woodland walks for you to enjoy. The popular Tearoom offers morning coffee - light lunches and scrumptious Manor cream teas and are open to public.

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Ilfracombe Museum

Formerly the laundry of the magnificent Ilfracombe Hotel, Ilfracombe museum is overflowing with curiosities and memorabilia. This historic building houses unimaginable finds - from a shrunken head to a collection of pickled bats. First opened in August 1932, the original curator was Mervyn G Palmer, who started it all following his explorations in South America collecting for the British Museum.The whole family will be intrigued by the variety of displays. Peer into drawers and peek into cupboards; wander through eight different rooms and uncover the museum’s hidden treasures. You won't be disappointed by your visit to one of North Devon's best museums!

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St. Nicholas Chapel

The chapel is regarded as a special place of interest within the town and is an iconic landmark overlooking the harbour. The old porch has been transformed into a small chancel and occasional services are held there. The chapel is maintained by Ilfracombe Rotary Club and run largely by volunteers. It is free to look around but donations are welcome. All the money raised goes to charity.

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Bicclescombe Park

Ilfracombe's Bicclescombe Park is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon, with 'bloomin' lovely gardens to wander around, with frequent benches to sit on and enjoy the view, if you have little ones, there is a well-equipped playground and many hungry ducks to feed.  After that you can enjoy a drink and a snack in the Mill Tearooms or perhaps sit outside and sip your tea while listening to the trickle of the stream.

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Embassy Cinema

Catch all the latest film releases at the Embassy Cinema on Ilfracombe High Street, there are three screens available, a vast range of drinks and snacks and if you like a good buy, you can quite often catch a bargain kids show on the weekend.

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Watermouth Castle

One of the West Country’s premier Family Tourist Attractions where you can enjoy, a Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, nostalgic displays and curios, a theme park including rides and play areas, and beautiful landscaped gardens.In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages. With a host of attractions there is always something to capture the imagination so come and see for yourselves!

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Dotto Train

The Dotto Train runs around the town from 10am to 5pm some weekends and through the summer holidays, there is no set timetable as it depends on how long it takes to go through the High Street. The journey starts at Hillsborough Car Park, down Portland Street, through the High Street, Church Street, Wilder Road, St James Place to The Pier and returning via The Cove back to Hillsborough. Tickets information: The fares are: £3 Adult / £1 Child – for any journey length.

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Verity

>A 66 foot bronze-clad sculpture named Verity created by world famous artist Damien Hirst has been loaned to North Devon Council for the next 20 years .On Tuesday 16 October 2012, Verity was hoisted into position giving residents and visitors their first glimpses of her standing tall on Ilfracombe's Pier.

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Ilfracombe Arts & Crafts Society

Ilfracombe Art & Craft Society's Gallery is situated on the promenade, on Ilfracombe's picturesque seafront. Here you will find an outstanding selection of original paintings, woodturning, glass, ceramic and porcelain sculpture, fabric works and a lot more. There is something here to suit all tastes. The exhibits are superbly and individually produced by talented local artists.

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Ilfracombe Coastal Cruises

Spectacular wildlife and coastal cruises aboard one of the most technologically advanced passenger vessels in the U.K.  There are frequent sights of seals, porpoises and dolphins. New in 2005 and licensed for 100 passengers. Come and enjoy one of the most dramatic coastal landscapes in England aboard our safe and comfortable vessel the 'Ilfracombe Princess.  Telephone 01271879727 / 07837569667 for more information or to book, or alternatively contact Ilfracombe Tourist Information on 01271863001 for a choice of companies and for timetables.

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Landmark Theatre

For entertainment during your stay look no further than the Landmark Theatre. Musicals, comedy, dramas, summer shows and children's entertainment plus the latest blockbuster shows on its cinema-screening facilities. Café bar is open all day and serves delicious pre-theatre dinners with stunning sea views.

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Lundy Island

Situated 11 miles off the North Devon coast, Lundy Island is a granite outcrop just 3 miles long and half a mile wide and a place of outstanding natural beauty. Once a home to smugglers and pirates, today the island is a well known wildlife sanctuary, home to seals, black rabbits, Lundy ponies and of course, the loveable puffin and many seabirds. One of Britain's few statutory marine nature reserves surrounds Lundy, making it very popular as a diving location. A day trip on board the Lundy passenger and supply ship, MS Oldenburg, a classic 300-ton vessel is a must, and it is also a chance to view the dramatic North Devon coast from the sea. The voyage takes under 2 hours on the MS Oldenburg, sailing from either Ilfracombe or Bideford or why not arrive in style in a helicopter for spectacular aerial views of the island.

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