Our guide to holiday cottages in Ilfracombe

Holidays in Ilfracombe are the most popular in North Devon, and it’s easy to see why! This lively town bubbles with life, and there is always lots going on. Nestled between grassy hills, steep cliffs and the Atlantic coast, Ilfracombe’s location has protected it from over development – so it remains as charming as the Victorians found it. Its traditional harbour remains North Devon’s largest, and is a fantastic base from which to explore nearby places of interest such as Lundy Island.

Things to do in Ilfracombe

We’re very partial to holidays in Ilfracombe – it’s a charming place that boasts some real gems. If you’re contemplating a trip here, we suggest attending Victorian Week which runs each June. This spectacular celebration of the area’s history features a shop window dressing competition, Victorian costumes, parade discos and church services. This family friendly event is well loved by all so make sure you check it out if you’re around.

We know being at the beach is what most people dream of. At Gold Coast Oceanfest, you can do just that. From the 19th to 21st of June, this beach festival is bursting with surfing, fun and games. You’ll find entertainment for all the family, BMX ramps, trampolines, demonstrations, and more. It’s a great way to make the most of the start of summer.

One of the biggest beaches in the area is Wildersmouth Beach. This beautiful beach boasts sand and rugged cliffs to give it an air of mystery. The peaceful setting is perfect for taking time to get acquainted with the sea air but there’s also opportunity for a soothing stroll too. We adore the small, rocky bay and as it’s close to the heart of Ilfracombe, you’re in good company.

If you’re up for getting your walking boots on, head to the Exmoor Walking Festival. Taking place in May, over 10 days, the programme has 30 guided walks which will take you between 4 to 11 miles to complete. Each walk is special in its own way and you’ll have the chance to peek at some of the most spectacular scenery, including local landmarks and woodlands.

Ilfracombe Attractions

Ilfracombe has so many attractions, you’ll be wondering which to tackle first. A trip to Ilfracombe Harbour is always popular with residents and tourists alike. A coastal cruise on the harbour is your chance to spot seals and dolphins. From Easter to October, these cruises take you onto the waters and past some of the most scenic coastal landscapes. If you have a dog, don’t worry! Your family pet is allowed on board too.

To find out more about the local culture, we recommend a trip to Burton Art Gallery. The art gallery and museum is one of the most popular cultural attractions in the South West. Boasting exhibitions, craft gallery and art collections, view work by local artists and get inspired to explore your creative side. The regular family events include craft work with little ones – they’ll love getting to spend a messy few hours making something you can treasure.

Wildersmouth Beach

One of the other main Ilfracombe beaches, Wildersmouth, has a colourful history that adds a little mystery to a visit. It’s easy to see why this pretty beach is a former smuggler’s haunt, as it’s tucked amidst rugged cliffs and is all but hidden when the tide rises. Wildersmouth Beach is a mixture of sand and shingle and is one...

Seventy One

Seventy One can be found just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Ilfracombe harbour, and its elegant interior and fine food have made it one of Ilfracombe’s most popular restaurants. Seventy One is perfect for a special celebration whilst holidaying in accommodation in Ilfracombe, and its summer seafood menu is particularly impressive! The combination of an extensive fine wine list,...
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