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   (0.6 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    £30
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    Attractive, modestly priced Ilfracombe guest house. Award winners for hygiene and cleanliness. Spacious rooms. Delicious breakfasts. Free WiFi. Close to beach. Open June to Sept.
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  • Woolacombe   (2.8 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 8
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    £250
    Per week (seasonal) Sleep 2-8
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    Charming mill conversion offering flexible self-catering cottage accommodation 2 miles from Woolacombe. Hotel restaurant & bar adjacent. WiFi, indoor pool, gym, games room & sauna.
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  • Woolacombe   (2.8 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
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    Stunning 17th Century country house hotel near Woolacombe set within 44 acres. Perfect for weddings and functions, with indoor pool, gym, sauna, lounge bar, tennis and restaurant.
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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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  • Ilfracombe   (2.4 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 4
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    £249
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    Pretty ground floor cottage at Watermouth Cove near Combe Martin and Ilfracombe with a private patio, a cosy log burner and exposed beams. Pet and family friendly. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • Berrynarbor   (2.3 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 4
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    £229
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    Sunny first floor cottage apartment in Berrynarbor village, adjacent to Watermouth Cove and castle, close to Combe Martin. Pet friendly with a patio and parking. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • Ilfracombe   (2.3 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 8
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    £309
    Price Per Week (seasonal) Sleep 2-8
     
    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   (2.5 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 6
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    £480
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    Traditional stone cottage near Ilfracombe ideal for exploring the North Devon coastline. Wood burner stoves, lovely garden with views, 3 bedrooms & wet room. Wi-Fi service.
     
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  • Ilfracombe   (0.1 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 4
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    £298
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Characterful two bedroom Ilfracombe cottage set a short walk from the harbour with front courtyard garden, off road parking, Freeview TV & washing machine. Pet friendly.
     
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  • Lee   (1.5 miles from the centre of Ilfracombe)
    Sleeps 6
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    £308
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    Well appointed Ilfracombe holiday accommodation with shared games room, laundry facilities, off road parking, Freesat TV & Wi-Fi. Short breaks. Pet friendly.
     
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