10 Things to Do in Ilfracombe That You Shouldn't Miss

February 9, 2018 Venice Greaves

Ilfracombe (/ˈɪlfrəkuːm/ IL-frə-koom) is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England, with a small harbour surrounded by cliffs.
Restaurants in Ilfracombe

1. South West Coast Path Walk - Ilfracombe and the Torrs

Ilfracombe Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England +44 1392 383560
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South West Coast Path Walk - Ilfracombe and the Torrs

This 3.2 mile route on the South West Coast Path travels through a long wooded valley to The Torrs, a rugged area also known as 'The Seven Hills' with tremendous views across the Bristol Channel. Any walk around the town features steep gradients, but the magnificent cliff scenery towering above the picturesque harbour makes it worth the effort.

Reviewed By ClaireAdamMoss - Ilfracombe, United Kingdom

There are so many walks in and around North Devon and the South West coast path offers so many beautiful routes but the path between Ilfracombe and Lee Bay really is quite spectacular!
Whichever time of year you visit, the ever changing landscape will always amaze you and any place you stop to take in the views is just wonderful. England countryside at it's absolute best!

2. Xtreme Coasteering

Elmsgarth, Lee EX34 8LW, England
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Xtreme Coasteering

Xtreme coasteering Ltd provide coasteering activities across the South West. All we do is Coasteering sessions, this means our instructors have the knowledge and understanding to tailor the session so that everybody young & old can join in. We can cater for individuals, families, hen and stag groups.

Reviewed By David M - London, United Kingdom

My girlfriend and I went on this coasteering trip and really enjoyed ourselves. The guides were great and kept the experience fun right the way through. The only disappointing part was that we didn't get to experience some of the higher and bigger jumps.Unfortunately the conditions don't always allow us to complete everything. Hopefully you will come back again & we can find those jumps for you.

3. Active Escape

Watermouth, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9SJ, England
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Active Escape

North Devon's Adventure Activity Provider For: Coasteering, Stand Up Paddle Board, Rafting, Splatgun paintball, Amphibious Assault And More

Reviewed By Charlotte H - London, United Kingdom

We did giant stand up paddle board with some coasteering as well. Just brilliant. Super friendly instructors who kept us entertained all afternoon
We even did a treasure hunt in one cove and some games in the giant boards in another. Was perfect for sporty/adventurous and those less so.
Wet suits and equipment were in really good condition too.

4. Surfside Kayak Hire and Sales

Surfside Borough Road, Combe Martin, Exmoor National Park EX34 0DQ, England +44 1271 883220
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Surfside Kayak Hire and Sales

Kayak, Canoe,and paddleboard hire in Devon. Outdoor activity including kayaking and paddle boarding, kayak sales ,Fully escorted Guided kayak tours and instruction available.Fantastic fun for all the family no experience required Kayaks and Stand up Paddle boards for hire also Kayak Accessories, Fishing tackle and bait, lifestyle clothing store. Wetsuits to hire or buy. Changing facilities on site

Reviewed By rhibar - Cardiff, United Kingdom

Thank you Gary for taking me and my friends out in kayaks. Gary was supportive and friendly, he made us all feel at ease. I think we were fortunate to have been on the calm seas which made it easier.
The views of the rocks, cliffs and even the nudist beach was spectacular.
Ideal for all ages and ability, give it ago when you're in the area. Gary will even take a photo of you all, if you ask nicely.
I think a Prosecco pit stop would be an added bonus, just an idea!

5. Hunter Surf School

Beach Road | The Boat House, Woolacombe, England
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Hunter Surf School

Welcome to the hunter surf school! Our team of fully qualified and experienced surf coaches are on hand to ensure you experience the thrill of Surfing coasteering and SUP in a supportive and safe environment. Our lifeguard and Surfing GB qualified coaches will take you through the fundamentals of Surfing while showing you how to stay safe in the water.

Reviewed By Sidetracked - London, United Kingdom

What a great place on super safe and sandy beach. My instructor, professionally certified for both lifeguard and Surfing instruction really helped me progress in such a short time. I was in a group of beginners and more advanced surfers and we were all individually coached within the lesson time limit. Definitely a school for the whole family. I Highly recommend Hunter Surf School in Woolacombe! Thanks Team Hunter!! had a great time!

6. Walk - Morte Point Trail

Mortehoe, Woolacombe, England
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Walk - Morte Point Trail

Reviewed By Mr_Pab_2016 - Bristol, United Kingdom

We walked from Mortehoe church out and round the point, taking a picnic with us and loved it. You can have walks of varying lengths and difficulty. Respect any live stock and keep to the prepared routes. I first came here 40 years ago and the Point remains an absolute treasure every time. Back in Mortehoe, you can decent pub food or sandwiches or ice cream. Still feeling energetic go down to Woolacoombe beach and walk to Putsbrough. If you do the lot, you will feel fantastic, knackered but full of memories. Go for it!

7. Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room

Watermouth Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9QY, England +44 7554 310176
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Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room

CASH ONLY. SEASONAL: Opening 24th March, 25 and 26th and then everyday from Friday 31st March til Monday 17th April for Easter. Then Friday, Saturday, Sunday and BH in rest of April, May, June, September and October. Everyday EXCEPT Saturdays in July and August. Please see our leaflets and website for clarification - or phone us. . Winner of the Devon Life "Best Tearoom in Devon Award" 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Highly Commended in Devon Tourism Awards 2016. 16th century working watermill about half a mile east of Ilfracombe Town centre in HELE (Combe Martin road A399). We are a family business, milling to produce flour for our mill-made cakes and for sale in the tearoom. We serve Devon Cream Teas including Devonshire Splits and Thunder and Lightning, and a wide variety of cakes made on the premises, many made from our flour. Our savoury items soup, sandwiches and savoury cream teas. At least one GF cake aways available and we will make GF/vegan scones if pre-ordered or not too busy. We do not sell main lunches or evening meals. Takeaway cream teas and cake available. Free entry to mill for unguided tours. Guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4.30pm chargeable. We endeavour to entertain our guests with puzzles and quizzes. Dogs welcome in tearooms and Gardens although not in the mill itself. PARKING in Hele Bay Public Carpark (to left of Hele Bay Pub). Limited disabled parking - please phone in advance.We look forward to welcoming you to Hele Corn Mill. See our website for details or give us a ring.

Reviewed By Paul K - Warwick, United Kingdom

We had just walked the coastal route from Ilfracombe to Hele bay and stopped in for a cuppa which was very welcome, tea was good, short walk back via the main road to Ilfracombe

8. Outdoor Shop & Kayak Centre

Borough Road, Combe Martin, Exmoor National Park EX34 0AN, England
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Outdoor Shop & Kayak Centre

North Devon's premier kayak & stand up paddleboard hire & sales centre. We are the only kayak/paddleboard hire company in Combe Matin that has fully qualified instructors to ensure your ultimate safety whilst out on the water. We boast decades & an unrivalled amount of knowledge & maritime experience around the North Devon coastline, this includes nearly 10 years as a full time Coastguard instructor in North Devon. New in 2017... our refurbished centre that has full changing, shower & toilet facilities right next to our shop. Please visit our website for further information.

Reviewed By kimshads - Wiltshire

We hired kayaks and stand up paddleboards from this company over the bank holiday weekend. The staff and instructors were friendly helpful and provided good quality equipment. We didn't book instruction but were given good guidance by the instructor which ensured we had a good...MoreThanks Kim for your lovely review & for taking the time. We always aim to give 5 star service along with expert professional advise & guidance. We are really glad you enjoyed paddleboarding with us along with Combe Martin bay as well.

9. Fly Like a Bird

Roadway Farm Challacombe Hill, Woolacombe EX34 7HL, England +44 7875 247389
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Fly Like a Bird

Fly Like a Bird provides Tandem Hang Gliding flights in North Devon. We use the latest technology to give you a complete experience of the countryside from the air. Nature's wind produces the thermals and lift that allows us to fly in a zero-carbon emission manner(free-flight)-soaring the sky in exactly the same way as the birds do. Come and experience stunning views of the North Devon Coastline!

Reviewed By Sandy A - Ilfracombe

The organisation of the trip was great, good training and involved in all the aspects of getting ready to fly. Amazing how quickly you take off we ran for about 4 paces and then we flew. Great views of Woolacombe - we were the only people in the air.
Best bit was flying about 20 meters above a buzzard - not a sight you get to see any other way - and just followed him - indeed flying like a bird.
Flight was about 25 minutes and the video recording is excellent a superb record of the take off, flight and landing. Sam is a great instructor.

10. Barricane Beach

Barricane Beach | Just along the coast from Woolacombe Beach, Mortehoe, Woolacombe, England +44 7969 189304
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Barricane Beach

Reviewed By michelle m - Leicester, United Kingdom

We walked here after spending some time at Woolacombe beach and it was lovely. Very quiet and not overcrowded, and a lovely little restaurant area selling amazing fresh food...not greasy nasty stuff...at reasonable prices too. Would definitely spend most of my time here during our next visit.

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