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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. Recently 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. Mr Hirst recently announced his intention to build 500 eco homes on the outskirts of the town. Ilfracombe has a vibrant, up and coming feel to it and is perfectly placed for a great family holiday.

Tourist Information

  • Visit Devon [1]

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 boat

  • Swansea-Ilfracombe Ferry (Severn Link)[2] A new ferry service to and from Swansea was scheduled to begin in June 2010 but is presently on hold.. [3]

Get around


Ilfracombe in Devon
  • Devon [4] Information, photographs and views for the towns and villages of Devon


  • Take a day-trip to Swansea or Penarth (near Cardiff) on a paddle steamer - summer only.
  • Take a trip to Lundy Island. See puffins and seals.
  • Visit Ilfracombe Aquarium
  • Take a walk up Hillsborough or Capstone for superb views.
  • Visit Ilfracombe Museum
  • Watch a film at the cinema
  • Enjoy the High Street with its' wide range of independent shops
  • Visit Chambercombe Manor
  • Walk the coast path to Lee and Woolacombe and beyond
  • Watch a show at the Landmark Theatre



  • 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 the man himself
  • Grassroots - for great vege delights
  • The Deli - for coffee, brunch and lunch,
  • Maddys - fish n chips
  • Harbour deli - olives, paninis and coffee
  • Joe Deluccis - great ice cream



Get out

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