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Things to do in Ilfracombe

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Verity is a stainless steel and bronze statue created by Damien Hirst. The 20.25-metre (66.4 ft) tall sculpture stands on the pier at the entrance to the harbour in Ilfracombe, Devon, looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales. It has been loaned to the town for 20 years.The name of the piece refers to "truth" and Hirst describes his work as a "modern allegory of truth and justice".”
  • 24 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Victorian seaside town. Great restaurants, picturesque working harbour. Take a fishing trip or wildlife boating excursion along the coast. View the controversial statue ‘Verity’. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Lodging
“Within easy walking distance of Seacroft - steeped in history, Tunnels Beaches makes a fascinating visit for all ages...it even has its own TIDAL POOL which is visible 3 hrs before and 3 hrs after low tide. Hand carved in the 1820's, the four tunnels provide a truly unique experience. Read extensive history information throughout the site – including hilarious guides to Victorian etiquette for boys, girls and for when boating with ladies!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A Michelin Starred Restaurant that serves high class seafood and grills to a very high standard. All the food is locally sourced. Well worth a visit for that special occasion.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a pub with a thatched roof(hence the name) its really beautiful inside and out and they serve the most amazing food in here. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“Great place for coffee - or tea - or whatever, but seriously, their lunches are delicious and very good value - super friendly staff and a lovely place to watch the world go by.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“This historic building houses unimaginable finds – from a shrunken head to a collection of pickled bats to a recreated Victorian Kitchen.. First opened in August 1932 Ilfracombe Museum has eight rooms for you to explore, with almost 28,000 items in the collection including natural history, Victoriana, taxidermy, local history and much, much more”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bus Station
“A little further out of Ilfracombe for the bigger shop if you are staying a little longer (or if Lidl doesn't have everything you need!)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cinema
“See whatever is on on screen 7 - comfy seats and it's like a private cinema!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Route
“Damien Hirst's restaurant also cafe by day...great place to stop off whilst exploring Ilfi harbour and spectacular surrounding scenery.. the restaurant is a cafe by day too with a fab lunch menu or a special place for selective evening dining..x”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Very useful, as its just a short walk away. Tesco has a better selection, but for fruit & veg and the bakery its pretty good. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Quaint aquarium offering local fish exhibits & feeding demonstrations along with a gift shop & cafe”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
“Award winning Devonshire Cream Teas and a quaint museum to explore. Just a ten minute drive from the cottage! A great dog friendly beach just across the road too! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Check out this beach with its walkways carved out of the rock to access this Victorian highlight, with its own tide-trapped swimming pools!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The Landmark Theatre is an award-winning theatre in the North Devon coastal town of Ilfracombe. Of unusual double conical design, it is locally referred to as Madonna's Bra, a reference to its shape and that of an iconic bra worn by the singer Madonna.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“A Michelin Starred Restaurant that serves high class seafood and grills to a very high standard. All the food is locally sourced. Well worth a visit for that special occasion.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great cocktails,Reggae bbq, relaxed outside dining . Check opening times to be sure ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“ The Terrace Tapas & Wine Bar serve authentic Spanish tapas. Come and enjoy the warmth of there service and unhurried, relaxed style of dining. If you're looking for places to eat in Ilfracombe, why not give them a try? We are family run and family friendly. We also welcome dogs into our bar ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“They do excellent sunday lunches - all their food it great actually and they have a fabulous beer garden with a poop deck which gets sunshine all day long but the best sunset views in town. Great beer too. In addition they have music there - Sunny Sundays, afternoons in the summer and bands all year round. Usually free entry too..”
  • 4 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“So great. Especially on a rainy day with young kids!! There’s a play rooom.... I know!!!!!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“La Gendarmerie is housed in Ilfracombe's stunning old police station where your hosts Paul and Sarah have created a stylish modern brasserie where rustic charm meets contemporary design. The dining room is spacious and unimposing with an open kitchen that always adds a little theatre to proceedings and what is especially nice here is a real warmth to the service that only a intimate, family run restaurant can provide. Great modern British food prepared with care and an attention to detail using abundant fresh local produce.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Seafood bar and grill-restaurant serving coffees, light lunches, all-day grazing meals and dinner. Offering locally caught crab and lobster off Ilfracombe’s coast and award winning butcher who uses the finest Devon beef from local farmers.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Take Thyme Fish Restaurant is located within 50 yards of Ilfracombe harbour. We specialises in locally caught fish, seafood, and Exmoor reared steaks. Wherever possible fresh local produce is used and the emphasis is on letting the simple, clean flavours of the West Country shine through onto the plate. With its relaxed and informal atmosphere Take Thyme Fish Restaurant is popular with with both visitors and Ilfracombe locals alike and is the perfect place for dinner for two or for small group bookings.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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