Ilfracombe Town in Devon
Ilfracombe lies on the North Devon coast and borders the Bristol Channel. The town dates from Iron Age times where it was settled by the Dumnonii celts. Its name is thought to be an anglicisation of \'Alfreinscoma\' which means \'valley of the sons of (King) Alfred\'.
Ilfracombe today is a busy resort that grew to prominence in Victorian times, with the town expanding around the ancient harbour. Its beaches are mainly shingle but are still a favourite with swimmers. The resort is dominated by the landmark of Hillsborough Hill - the site of an Iron Age fort.
Highlights of the area include the Tunnels Beaches, the Landmark Theatre and the trip to Lundy via the MS Oldenburg. The dramatic coast at Mortehoe, Lee Bay, Hele Bay, Watermouth and Combe Martin are within easy reach.
Slightly further afield lie the surfing beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton. The rolling valleys of Exmoor and the shopping outlets of Barnstaple are also well within an hours drive from the town.
It currently has a population of about 11,000.
Dining out near Ilfracombe
6 St. James Bistro, Ilfracombe
Chimes of St James, Ilfracombe
Grass Roots, Ilfracombe
Clarets Restaurant, Ilfracombe
Coombe Cottage Restaurant, Ilfracombe
Tyme Restaurant, Woolacombe
The Pavilion Restaurant, Woolacombe
Squires Fish Restaurant, Braunton
Fullam Restaurant, Barnstaple
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: