‘Curious coastal charm’ is affectionately used to describe seaside Ilfracombe situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Devon Coast. Ilfracombe attractions really are brimming with quirky charm and character from Damien Hirst’s giant bronze-clad statue of Verity on the pier to the wonderfully unusual exhibits on show in Ilfracombe Museum. Breathtaking coastal attractions include the unique Tunnels Beaches and glorious cliff top walking along the South West Coast Path. From Aquariums to premier golf courses, island boat trips and family theme parks, find them all here in sunny Ilfracombe.
The Landmark Theatre
A premier North Devon Arts venue with a particularly unusual shape, The Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe sits on the site of a former famous hotel in the resort. A multi-functional venue, The Landmark contains a huge theatre seating up to 480, a selection of cinema screens and The Pavilion holding up to 200 guests theatre style, ideal for conference events and gatherings. Year round performances include a mix of comedy, concerts, children’s shows and cutting edge drama including regular screenings of the National Theatre Live! The Landmark also hosts a free entry Folk and Cider Festival annually in October.
The award-winning Ilfracombe Museum is free to enter for under 16s and is housed in the former laundry of the iconic Ilfracombe Hotel. Packed with fascinating exhibits, the museum first opened in the early 1930s and has some particularly unusual items on display including pickled bats, a two headed kitten and a shrunken head! The collection originates with the curious curator Mervyn G Palmer who travelled extensively in South America collecting butterflies for the British Museum. Step back in time and explore Ilfracombe’s maritime history and view the museum’s collection of model ships and steamers. Victorian curiosities and memorabilia, exhibits on wartime Ilfracombe, Lundy Island and childhood memories all feature and great activities for children include brass rubbing and quizzes. Pick up a super selection of gifts and books within the museum.
Award-winning Ilfracombe Aquarium is the resort’s great family fun all weather attraction located within the town’s Old Lifeboat House. See over 75 species of marine life in their own recreated natural environments. This fabulous interactive attraction has a real educational edge with zoned areas exploring life in estuaries, rockpooling, harbours and marine life around Lundy Island reserve. Experienced guides are on hand and feeding demonstrations are daily. A great Funky Fish gift shop and cafe are in-house.
Ilfracombe Golf Course
A coastal golf course in one of the most spectacular locations in Britain, Ilfracombe Golf Course nestles on top of the rugged North Devon cliffs and has spectacular sea views as far as the Welsh coast and Lundy Island on clear days. A great year round 18 hole course on the warm North Devon coast, Ilfracombe Golf Course was first laid out in 1892 and offers a real golfing challenge. Special rates for corporate golf days, a pro shop and golf lessons are all available.
Watermouth Castle & Family Theme Park
Located just east of Ilfracombe, Watermouth Castle & Family Theme Park is one of Devon’s top family attractions. A character Victorian castle, the attraction features stunning landscaped gardens, play areas, a maze, quirky Gnome Land, a Water Show Extravaganza and more themed lands including Merry-Go-Land and Adventure Land. Guaranteeing a fun family day out, Watermouth Castle has ample free parking, a gift shop, Courtyard and Cafe plus picnic areas.