When it comes to Ilfracombe, the question ‘why should you visit’ brings forth interesting answers, which are bound to appeal to a wide range of people. This North Devon town is marketed as having ‘a curious charm’, helped in part by its mix of rural and coastal scenery, Victorian architecture, and a few quirky tourist attractions.
If you’re looking for ‘weird and wonderful’, head to the family friendly Ilfracombe Museum, where the children can delight in the costumes and look at the exhibits, which include a two headed kitten, and the adults can find out about the areas maritime history. If you want to take the family outdoors, then you could book a seal and bird watching trip on board the Ilfracombe Princess, or visit Chambercombe Manor and Gardens, which once appeared on TV show Most Haunted.
In keeping with the unusual theme, if you head to the harbour area, you’ll be able to sample the town’s famous Spaghetti Ice Cream, or if that’s not for you, traditional fish and chips are plentiful. Fore Street and the High Street also offer places to eat, and if you’re in search of some entertainment, then the town’s theatre has a packed schedule.
It’s impossible to avoid the outdoors for long though, and if you’re an active type, there’s much to explore here. Ilfracombe provides easy access to the South West Coast Path, and the Devon Coast To Coast Cycle Route, and the town itself is nestled in between Exmoor National Park, and the Gold Coast, which is a mecca for surfers.
With all this on your doorstep, and the added attraction of events like Victorian Week, regattas and yacht races, and the Gold Coast Surf and Music Festival, there’s no shortage of reasons why you should visit this North Devon town. With a wide choice of hotels, holiday parks, and self-catering places to stay, it needn’t be long before you pay a visit.