Ilfracombe on Devon's north coast is a popular holiday resort with lovely beaches and plenty of activities and attractions.
The coastal town of Ilfracombe offers a blend of beautiful coastal scenery, seaside fun, rural tranquillity and centuries of history and heritage. You'll find lots of reminders of Ilfracombe's past in its castle, museum and ancient buildings, with many of the town's buildings dating back to the 19th century.
Take a walk down Fore Street and discover the oldest tavern in the town, or uncover the legends of pirates, smugglers and shipwrecks at Ilfracombe harbour. There you'll find the UK's oldest working lighthouse and the 'Balmoral' steam ship, as well as coastal cruises and fishing trips. The sandy beach also offers a great spot for youngsters to run off some energy while you relax and soak up the picturesque setting.
There's lots to keep young ones entertained, from the town's aquarium, wildlife cruises and 'Tunnels' Beaches to corn mills, haunted manors and a chocolate emporium. The seaside town, with white-washed Ilfracombe cottages, grand Victorian villas and terraces is also home to some fantastic rambling paths and cycling routes.
For those who want to get active and enjoy the great outdoors, Ilfracombe offers lots of activities that will raise the pulse. For those seeking vibrant restaurants and bars, you'll be spoilt for choice with family-friendly eateries and romantic restaurants for two.
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