Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration: Ilfracombe
Nestling in the beautiful coastal scenery of North Devon in England, the town of Ilfracombe became a thriving tourist resort in Queen Victoria’s reign in the mid-19th century.
The small harbour suited Ilfracombe for fishing in previous times and is now home to pleasure craft, fishing boats and visiting ferry and cruise ships. The RNLI lifeboat station houses one Mersey class and one D class lifeboat.
The High Street retains a number of small independent shops, while many restaurants, cafés and tea shops are scattered around the town, along the promenade and the harbour quay, offering a wide choice of cuisine.
Ilfracombe’s attractions include the striking Landmark Theatre, the Embassy Cinema, the Tunnels Beaches (with its tidal Victorian bathing pool), Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe Aquarium, Ilfracombe Museum and St Nicholas’s Chapel.
With stunning views out to sea and Lundy Island from the National Trust owned Torrs and from the heights of Capstone and Hillsborough hills, the natural beauty of the cliffs surrounding the town, its secluded beaches and coves is breathtaking.
Set in the picturesque Wilder Valley, Ilfracombe has been recorded as the second warmest town in England and the wonderful floral displays that stretch the whole length of the Promenade reflects this warmth.
You’ll receive a warm welcome when you come to enjoy the Victorian charm of this timeless seaside resort.