About Ilfracombe

A favourite holiday destination since Victorian times, the seaside resort of Ilfracombe is one of glorious contrasts. Here you’ll find refined architecture, trendy dining and provocative art all set against the backdrop of a bustling working fishing harbour, rugged cliffs and idyllic coves. It’s an essential part of any trip to North Devon.

Home to one of the region’s busiest fishing fleets, the harbour feels wonderfully authentic, and you can taste freshly caught fare at any number of high-end bistros, bars and restaurants. Ilfracombe is famed for being a foodie hub after all! It’s also renowned for Damian Hirst’s Verity statue which dominates the skyline here. It’s powerful, thought-provoking and controversial.

More traditional sights come in the form of the fascinating Ilfracombe Museum, historic and haunted Chambercombe Manor and the Ilfracombe Aquarium - where you can come face-to-face with local marine life like rays, lobster and octopuses.

Ilfracombe coastline

Why We Love Ilfracombe

  • Incredible harbour views
  • Damian Hirst's Verity statue
  • Amazing coastal walks nearby
  • A favourite hangout for foodies
  • Spooky Chambercombe Manor

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A view down towards Lundy Island on a sunny day