Published: Wednesday 26th Feb 2020
Written by: Tracy Spear
Located on the coast of North Devon, the Victorian town of Ilfracombe has more to offer than you might think. Indoors and out, on land and sea – there is something for everyone.
Take the road towards the harbour and you can’t fail to be intrigued by the sights unfolding before you. The Landmark Theatre – famous for its twin peaks – and known locally as “Madonna’s bra” provides family entertainment throughout the season. It is also home to the local Tourist Information Centre where you can obtain helpful advice about the town and surrounding area. Nearby, the privately owned Tunnels Beaches are steeped in history and make a fascinating visit for all ages. Learn how the tunnels were hand carved through rock and all about Victorian beach etiquette! A fascinating museum is also close by and features an Aladdin’s cave of eclectic curiosities – both local and from around the world.
There are plenty of family friendly places to eat, entertainments and a choice of interesting galleries to visit. Arriving on the harbour you are greeted by Verity, a 66ft stainless steel and bronze statue created by artist Damien Hirst. Here you will also find the award-winning aquarium, featuring a fascinating insight into the aquatic world found around our shores.
From the harbour you can enjoy fishing and seal spotting trips or even board MS Oldenburg to Lundy Island. If walking is your thing, then there are several coastal footpaths nearby where you can enjoy fantastic views over the town and out to sea. The High Street also offers a cinema, delicious chocolate emporium…and there’s more! A few minutes’ drive brings you to the indoor swimming pool, 18-hole golf course and even a famous haunted house! With all that – and even more on offer – how can you not visit Ilfracombe?!
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