The Tunnels Beaches

The Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe

Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe on the North Devon Coast can lay claim to one of the most unique collections of beaches and pools in the country. The Tunnels Beaches – originally six but today four great coastal tunnels were hand carved by Welsh miners in the 1820s. The Tunnels Beaches transformed what was a quiet fishing village into a popular seaside resort. Today they are an award-winning attraction with cafe blue bar, a play hut with indoor soft play area and a beach shop. The Tunnels Beaches coast is also a top spot for kayaking and you can even get married here under a thatched gazebo overlooking the sea! The beaches are licensed for civil ceremonies and civil partnerships.

The Tunnels Beaches are open daily from 10am to 7pm across the summer season, and they sit in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty holding both a Blue Flag and a Quality Coast Award. These are some of Devon’s safest beaches (sorry no dogs allowed). A full lifeguard service is in place during summer season and the attraction includes a gentle tidal sea water swimming pool perfect for children. The tidal pool has its own timetable – visible every three hours before and after each low tide!

Cafe Terrace area, Tunnels Beaches

Cafe Terrace area, Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beaches History

An Ilfracombe attraction that has been around since the resort’s earliest years has a few fascinating stories to tell. From good health and bath house facilities for ‘waifs, strays and worn out clergy’ – so said a local article of 1867 – to good etiquette, beach bathing huts and segregated bathing. The Tunnels Beaches have played an integral role in the development of Devon’s favourite Victorian heritage resort. Read the full history of the Tunnels Beaches in the free history booklet guide and swim in what has to be one of Britain’s most stunning cliff aqua settings!

Accommodation in Ilfracombe

  • Ilfracombe   (2.3 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £199
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    8 Pretty cottages 200 yds from the sea, Watermouth Cove, Castle & coastal path. Pet friendly. 4 poster beds. Log burners. Nr Combe Martin, Ilfracombe & Exmoor. Sleep 2-8 people.
     
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.7 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    Self catering studio apartments,chalets and maisonettes on this Hoseasons holiday park in Ilfracombe
     
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  • Ilfracombe   (1.1 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 6
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    £210
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    Well presented collection of five holiday cottages in Ilfracombe set on a beautiful 3 acre estate. Families welcome, short breaks available. Two dog friendly cottages. Sleep 2-6.
     
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  • Berrynarbor   (2.4 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £185
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    Hoseasons Self Catering Two And Three Bedroom Lodges Located Overlooking Watermouth Harbour, Devon.
     
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.2 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 4
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    £442
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    With stunning views across the Bristol Channel and the coastal town of Ilfracombe, this apartment makes for an ideal destination for those wanting to explore the area’s dramatic...
     
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  • Berrynarbor   (2.6 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £249
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 3-5
     
    One or Two bedroom Hoseasons self catering lodges with stunning views over Berrynarbour and Exmoor.
     
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.3 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £26
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    Delightful 3 Star B&B just 2 mins from centre of Ilfracombe. Excellent value for money seaside accommodation. Four poster & family rooms available. Parking.
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  • Berrynarbor   (2.7 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £104
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    With a stay at Langleigh Guest House in Ilfracombe (North Devon Coast), you'll be close to Ilfracombe Harbour. This 4-star guesthouse is within the region of Woolacombe Beach an...
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.1 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £34
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    Ilfracombe is a delightful resort with a picturesque harbour in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Nearby there are secluded coves, sheltered bays, lovely cliff walks and un...
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.4 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £340
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    Charming 19th Century terraced cottage in Ilfracombe just a short stroll from the beach & with harbour views. Parking permits, lockable safe & games/ DVDs provided.
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