About the Victorian Era

Queen Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901 is deemed the golden age. During this period, the Victorians developed Ilfracombe into a magnificent seaside resort. The architecture of this time is unsurpassed, as can be seen all around the town. In its heyday, Ilfracombe positively bustled with activity.

Ilfracombe was the main cruise destination for services from Bristol and Cardiff. The arrival of the railway was accompanied by many other changes during the Victorian era. Lifestyles, fashions, and people’s outlook on life were influenced by new ideas and produce from throughout the empire, while new products were being made by developing manufacturing industries. Tremendous advances in science and technology accelerated the pace of change, making the Victorian Era one of the most exciting periods in history.

About Ilfracombe

Nestled in the beautiful coastal scenery of North Devon, U.K., the town of Ilfracombe experienced a boom in growth during the reign of Queen Victoria. Ilfracombe remains largely untouched by the 20th and 21st centuries, and many of its buildings stand as a tribute to the Victorian craftsmen who built them.

About the 30th Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration

Whether you live locally or are visiting North Devon, you are warmly invited to join our upcoming Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration from 10th to 18th June 2017.

Concerts, parades, and shows celebrating the splendour of this exciting age await you. The highlight of the celebration is the throng of Ilfracombe residents and visitors parading in lovely costumes reminiscent of the Victorian Era.