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   (1.1 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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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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  • Combe Martin   (4.1 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £11
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    Family friendly camping & touring caravan park near Combe Martin set in 500 acres of countryside. Horse-riding facilities, indoor pool, mini golf, restaurant & bar.
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  • Ilfracombe   (1.4 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £30
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    A 100 year old North Devon B&B near Ilfracombe. Locally sourced breakfasts. Camping pitches, static caravan and YHA camping barn also available for affordable holidays in Devon.
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.2 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £35
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    Small hotel in Ilfracombe near the town centre and amenities, harbour, shops, seafront and theatre. Close to coach station. No smoking, free WIFI, Freeview TV, games room and bar.
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  • 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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    £89
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    Self catering studio apartments,chalets and maisonettes on this Hoseasons holiday park in Ilfracombe
     
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  • Hele Bay   (1.1 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 4
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    £302
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    In an elevated position close to the Hillsborough Nature Reserve, Cornmill Cottage is just a few minutes stroll from the small sand and shingle cove of Hele Bay. Just five minut...
     
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.4 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 10
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    £1,399
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    Spacious Ilfracombe holiday home with sea views. Well furnished, including WiFi, free parking and BBQ facilities. Family friendly, with pets welcome. Sleeps 10.
     
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  • Nr Ilfracombe   (2.7 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 6
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    £399
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    Gold award-winning holiday barn near Ilfracombe with open plan living space, parking & pets welcome. Three bedrooms, shared games room & wifi. Ideal for groups. Sleeps 6.
     
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  • Lee   (2.0 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £1,195
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    In a wonderful location set high above the village of Lee, this exceptional detached home enjoys stunning views across the lush green wooded valley and distant sea glimpses from...
     
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