24 hours in Ilfracombe: A town guide

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There’s so much to do in Ilfracombe that spending just a day here doesn’t really do the place justice. If that’s all the time you have, however, here are some top spots you must tick off



Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

This delightful family-run wildlife and dinosaur park is situated in over 28 acres of gardens within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; featuring animals, soft-play and more.


Watermouth Castle

With a host of child-friendly rides and attractions, plus shows, adventures and festivals, Watermouth is ideal to keep the kids happy during family holidays and short half-term breaks.


South West Coast Path

With stunning views across the coast, the path offers a number of walks and spots from which to enjoy the sights including Damien Hurst's striking spectacle Verity.



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Sandy Cove Hotel

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If you're looking to escape to the coast, this is the ideal place to enjoy the breathtaking views of the sea and the bay as well as unwind in luxurious accomodation and induldge in good food.


The Space Ilfracombe

From local group performances to professional touring shows, The Space theatre offers a wide variety of entertainment; including musicals, plays, concerts and comedy.


The Antidote Wine Room

This stunning boutique accomodation doubles as a restaurant and wine bar. The rooms and loft apartment are light, open and contemporary; an ideal spot for couples.




Lyn Bay Fish & Chips

A favourite with the locals, Lyn Bay Fish and Chips uses local produce and serves freshly battered fish and chips as well as gluten-free options. Eat in the restaurant or takeaway to the beach.


Espresso Seafood Restaurant

This eatery offers fresh fish, shellfish and matured Devon meats from the finest local producers, with freshly caught fish sourced from Brixham daily.


Terrace Tapas Bar

This Good Food award-winning tapas and wine bar serves up a myriad of delicious authentic Spanish tapas dishes, plus stunning cocktails and drinks, all created using the very best local produce.




Ilfracombe Chocolate Emporium

Step into a dream land of beautiful handmade artisan chocolates. With a wide range, plus a chocolate museum, this is a paradise for chocolate lovers.


The Proper Marmalade Company

Victoria Cranfield and her Great-Taste award-winning marmalades have been praised by the likes of Paul Hollywood, Clarissa Dickson Wright and Kirstie Allsopp.


The Cotton Tree

Offering beautifully vibrant organic cotton clothing for babies and children, plus delightful accessories and toys from brands including Little Green Radicals, Piccalilly, Pigeon Organics and more.

Send your suggestions of places we should mention to emily.diamond@archant.co.uk

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