Set in the picturesque Wilder Valley, Ilfracombe remains unspoilt and its harbour little changed. It's a place to enjoy the simple pleasures, relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life. The resort has a quality range of accommodation on offer with many hotels, friendly B&Bs and Guest Houses and self catering cottages and apartments available. You'll also find an excellent selection of caravan holiday homes and camp sites with both static and touring facilities available.
Every year, between June and October, Ifracombe goes 'Blooming Mad' with all the parks, hotels and streets full of flowers, tubs and hanging baskets; the town has been the winner of the Britain in Bloom Competition on many occasions. Events include a Victorian Celebration in June and the National Youth Arts Festival in July. August sees the Carnival Procession, Rescue Day, Raft Race and the Ilfracombe Horticultural Show, to name just a few.
The quayside, harbour and high street have an abundance of interesting shops to explore as well as pubs, bars and restaurants, which offer worldwide cuisine. Ilfracombe itself has two beaches, Wildersmouth Beach and Tunnels Beach with a safe tidal bathing pool, but within a short walk or drive away you'll find plenty of beaches offering stretches of golden sand or secluded coves with fascinating rock pools.
If activity is what you're looking for try climbing to the top of Capstone Hill and enjoy the splendid views of the town and the Bristol Channel. Take a trip on one of the small pleasure boats or try the popular sport of sea fishing, either from the rocky outcrops along the coastline or from one of the many fishing boats that sail from the harbour. Try your hand at sailing or windsurfing, cycle the Tarka Trail or go for a round of golf, there's something to suit everyone.
A visit to Lundy Island is a must, an area of outstanding natural beauty it lies 11 miles off the coast, is three miles long and half a mile wide. It has a tempestuous history, a 13th century castle, an old lighthouse and an abundance of birds and wildlife. Steamers depart from Ilfracombe; contact the Tourist Information Centre for sailing times.
Ilfracombe has a wide range of accommodation. Popular since Victorian times it still has a number of 'Gentlemen's Residences', which have retained their original features. Many of them have been converted into hotels and guest houses and there is also a range of cosy B & B's, self-catering apartments and holiday parks.
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