Things to See and Do

Ilfracombe has one of the most picturesque harbours in the whole South West, surrounded by pastel coloured shops and restaurants, the quaint St Nicholas Chapel perched on Lantern Hill and the ‘sleeping elephant’ of Hillsborough Nature Reserve and with Damien Hirst’s statue Verity standing guard at the entrance, it really is a unique place to visit.

Explore the many art and craft galleries, quirky shops and tea rooms. Discover beautiful parks and gardens, visit Ilfracombe Aquarium, Ilfracombe Museum and the famous Victorian bathing pools at the Tunnels Beaches which have been voted third best rock-pooling beach in the country.

Discover the quirky Curious Coastal Charm of Ilfracombe by following one of the Town Trails.

Take a boat trip up the coast and look out for seals and dolphins. Try deep-sea fishing from one of the many boats in Ilfracombe Harbour or enjoy a day-trip to Lundy Island, a completely unspoilt nature reserve off the North Devon coast.  For the more adventurous there is surfing, horse riding, quad biking and clay pigeon shooting, plus numerous attractions for all the family.  Or why not try kayaking, Stand up Body Boarding or coasteering.

If you are looking for a Golf Break we have some excellent golf clubs in North Devon including Ilfracombe Golf Club whose motto is 'See the Sea from Every Tee.  We can offer Play and Stay packages with Ilfracombe and will book your tee times on your behalf so that you receive a discount on your green fees.

Always plenty going on with festivals and events throughout the season to enjoy like the May Day celebrations and beer festivals, , All Things Morris, South West Birdman Competition and Sea Ilfracombe to name but a few. Or why not take in one of the many shows at the Landmark Theatre or a film at our three screen cinema.   Relax in Runnymede Gardens and listen to musical performances of bands in the band stand throughout the summer months.

Just 10 minutes’ drive by car or bus, experience the surfer’s paradise of the Blue Flag Beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton with their miles of golden sand and dunes.    To the East discover the delightful moorland reaches of Exmoor with its rolling hills and quaint villages including Lynton and Lynmouth with its cliff top railway and to the west the delights of Clovelly, Appledore and Westwood Ho!

Ilfracombe is the perfect base for walkers as it is situated directly on the rugged South West Coastal Path and has spectacular scenery in either direction.  We also have a number of circular walks we can recommend in Ilfracombe and the North Devon and Exmoor area.

Ilfracombe is the start of the Coast to Coast cycle route to Plymouth and we have many guests staying who do this challenge.   Usually done over 2 to 3 days we are ideally situated for the start or end of the route.   We can also give advice on how to get back from Plymouth or arrange transport with your bikes.



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My partner and I had a fantastic week long stay. Sharon and Daryl were so welcoming, friendly and helpful throughout. Sharon knows the area very well and gave great recommendations for places and restaurants to visit which made our trip even more enjoyable. The guest house itself is spotless and so well cared for. We especially loved the little touches in the room such as fresh water each day, as well as tea/ coffee and biscuits. We stayed in the superior room which we would highly recommend as it had a balcony that looked onto the beautiful harbour. Breakfast each day was absolutely delicious, we would go as far as saying it’s the best we have ever had whilst staying away. A wonderful place to stay in Ilfracombe. We can’t wait to go back!


"Ideal location with sensational views. All staff were friendly and accommodating. Information of local 
interest pointed out as soon as we arrived - so that it gave us time to plan ahead. The breakfast was amazing - the best we have had for a very long time."


“We can highly recommend. From making reservations to our arrival & stay we felt so welcomed. A great experience. Daryl & Sharon are the perfect hosts & the b&b is a warm & welcoming environment. Spotlessly clean & stylish. Absolutely great breakfast with simply stunning views. To us it was home away from home. Given the opportunity we will be back!.”


“Absolutely wonderful our hosts were amazing couldn't do enough for us. Rooms were clean and fresh with wonderful sea views. Breakfast is out of this world. If you want nice clean comfort with a homely atmosphere then this is the place for you.”

Lee F

Wow this guesthouse is amazing, the location is perfect, the seaview from our room was awesome. The guesthouse was very clean and had a lovely friendly feel to it. We were given a warm welcome. The breakfast was amazing prob the best breakfast we have had whilst away, everything so fresh and service brilliant. Would really recommend this guesthouse and would 100% come back here if in area.

TripAdvisor August 2021

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