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Ilfracombe is the 2nd most picturesque seaside town in the UK

Written by Ginny Kay on

Ilfracombe has this week been listed as the 2nd most picturesque seaside town in the UK (with Salcombe and Dawlish coming in at 5th and 15th places respectively) by the British newspaper METRO.

This accolade comes only weeks after Woolacombe was named the UK's best beach by TripAdvisor users.

With rugged cliffs, handsome Victorian townhouses and villas, lanes that tumble down the hill to the sea, and a pretty harbour, Ilfracombe is a delightful seaside town.

This is a place to explore, with lots of independent shops, footpaths on the surrounding headland and amazing tunnels cut into the cliffs. Not to mention Damien Hirst’s famous sculpture and his bar and restaurant. Old-fashioned charm with a contemporary edge. One of the real pleasures of Ilfracombe is wandering its streets, enjoying the delightful Victorian and Regency architecture and browsing the town’s many independent shops.

If you’re after a more energetic experience and keen to explore the coast, then why not do it aboard a 10m RIB travelling at 20 knots? Ilfracombe Sea Safari departs daily between April and October, taking passengers on an exhilarating and fascinating journey up along the coast. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot seals, porpoises and even dolphins. But even if you don’t, you’re sure to enjoy the magnificent cliffs, headlands, beaches and coves.

Discover Ilfracombe today and stay in one of over 20 cottages we have in and around this delightful seaside town. Click here to view cottages.


Ginny Kay

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