Ilfracombe is a seaside resort on the northern coast of Devon. The town has a small harbour and is surrounded by a series of cliffs. Hillsborough Hill is a nature reserve that overlooks the town. At the top of the hill is the site of an Iron Age fort
During the reign of King John, Ilfracombe was one of the south west's major ports and was used when the King set off to invade Ireland. It was also used as a base for the fleet of ships that set sail to the Western Isles in Scotland.
The town is home to the Landmark Theatre, which has an unusual double conical design. The theatre has won awards for its design although there is mixed opinion about its modern design.
Much of the town centre has retained its Victorian character and there are many local shops to explore and find souvenirs of your visit. The town also has an array of other shops and stores.
Ilfracombe has a number of carnivals throughout the year, including the week long Victorian Celebration in June and a street procession in August. If you are staying in the town at these popular times, you would be wise to book your hotel room in advance to ensure there is space for you.
There are two main beaches in Ilfracombe. Tunnels Beach is privately owned and features a tidal swimming pool. The beaches get their name from the four hand carved tunnels that were carved out during Victorian times. Wildersmouth Beach is a mixed beach that was popular with smugglers as the high cliffs afforded protection for them. The beach is sheltered from the elements and makes for a tranquil getaway.
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