Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration: Visitor information
Ilfracombe is a self-contained town, in the real sense of the word, and offers almost everything you need as a visitor or resident.
Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre (phone 01271 863001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.visitilfracombe.co.uk) is based in the Landmark Theatre complex on the seafront and offers accommodation booking, information on local events, attractions and entertainment, national rail and coach booking, ferry and boat trip booking and - very importantly - car parking permits.
A 7-day Rover Permit, costing £24.50, enables you to park in any car park in Ilfracombe (except for the Pier), Croyde, South Molton and Barnstaple. Average car parking charges are 90p for an hour, so if you are coming to Ilfracombe for several days or a week, this permit will definitely save you money on parking. Permits are available from the Tourist Information Centre on application in person or by post.
Ilfracombe has a number of small, mainly rocky beaches including Wildersmouth on the main seafront, Larkstone near the harbour, Rapparee near Hillsborough, Hele Bay and The Tunnels beaches (web site www.tunnelsbeaches.co.uk).
It has its own harbour and quay, seafront gardens, parks and amusements including crazy golf, plus many beautiful walks around Capstone Hill and over National Trust land on Hillsborough and the Torrs. It also has its own golf club, pitch and putt course, public swimming pool, bowls club, tennis courts and model boat club (the latter two in Bicclescombe Park), and Larkstone Café and Leisure Gardens.
There are many restaurants, cafés, tea-rooms, pubs and clubs throughout the town offering a varied choice of cuisines, ranging from traditional English food, fish and chips, and Devonshire cream teas to European, Asian and more. From a Sunday Roast to a pizza, there is something for everyone.
The Landmark Theatre and Pavilion is a modern entertainment complex which provides a range of live performance and films. Usually there is a Victorian-themed show which ties in with Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration where the audience also dresses in Victorian Costume. Visit www.northdevontheatres.org.uk.
Ilfracombe has a thriving entertainment scene with many local bands and a high quality theatre group which stages a variety of classic, comedy and musical productions throughout the year. Visit www.studiotheatreonline.org.uk for details. The Embassy Cinema is at 134 High Street and has multiple screens showing a choice of current popular films. Tel: 01271 862323.
Ilfracombe Library is located at The Candar, which is just off the High Street. Ilfracombe Museum is near the seafront by Runnymede Gardens, while Ilfracombe Aquarium (web site www.ilfracombeaquarium.co.uk) is at the end of the quay.
While there are several supermarkets in and outside Ilfracombe, you can walk to the many independent shops in and around Ilfracombe High Street. We are lucky to retain two traditional butchers shops, several greengrocers, bakers and delicatessens/health food shops. Many other shops include chemists, newsagents, sweetshops, off licences, banks, travel agents, giftstores, bookshops, art galleries and artists’ supplies, gents and ladies’ clothes and lingerie, sportswear, shoeshops, jewellers, florists, homeware, hardware, furniture, electrical goods and lighting, computers, post offices, toys, shoe repairer, dry cleaners, photographic, party and fancy dress, opticians and chiropodists, bookmakers, petrol station, hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons and fitness club, fishing tackle, stationers, mobile phones and more.
If you need to see a doctor while visiting, Ilfracombe and District Tyrell Hospital has a daily Minor Injuries Unit. Tel: 01271 863448. The police station is situated in Princess Avenue and the fire station is in Marlborough Road. There are also a number of churches throughout Ilfracombe, including Emmanuel Church.
You can find telephone numbers for many useful services in Ilfracombe at the Transform Neighbourhood web site (www.transform-northdevon.org.uk/numbers.php) and for community organisations at Ilfracombe Community web site (www.ilfracom.org.uk).
There is so much packed into this town and always events of interest, and we do hope you enjoy visiting us.