A Local’s Guide To… Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe Quay

Ilfracombe, North Devon’s third largest town with a population of more than 10,000, is loved by both holidaymakers and locals alike.

Home to Henry Williamson, author of popular novel Tarka the Otter, Damien Hirst artwork, and the UK’s oldest working lighthouse, the town is full of history – but also has plenty of present-day energy!

From the mouths of the locals themselves, here we detail the highlights of Ilfracombe and what to expect when visiting the area…

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The A-Z of North Devon

North Devon alphabet

A is for AWESOME! Well no, actually, in our A-Z of North Devon it’s not – but maybe it should be?! After all, North Devon is the place to be in all seasons.

We’re so lucky in our beautiful area to be blessed with exemplary eateries, views to-die-for and much, much more… that’s why we’ve decided to try and spell it all out in our very own alphabet!

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17 of the best North Devon pubs and restaurants with a sea view

North Devon sea view restaurants

Summer has slowly, but surely, crept up on us.

And what better way to make the most of a glorious afternoon, or wile away a sun-kissed evening, than by indulging in some wonderful pub grub or drinky poos at a local establishment – complete with a stunning coastal view.

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The best places to get a cream tea in North Devon

cream teas

Believe it or not, National Cream Tea Day falls every year on June 30th!

But, rather than picking fights with Cornwall and Somerset about how WRONG they are when it comes to cream/jam hierarchy, we thought we’d promote some of our area’s fantastic cream teas.

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Fringe TheatreFest returns to Barnstaple later this month

Seska performs at Barnstaple's Fringe TheatreFest this year

The countdown has begun, and in just a few short weeks this year’s Fringe TheatreFest will be back in Barnstaple, animating venues across the town in a riot of theatre, dance and live performance.

Featuring over 60 shows from across the UK from Thursday, June 29th until Sunday, July 2nd, TheatreFest is building on 10 years’ experience and has added a whole raft of outdoor shows and shows in informal spaces to the long established venue programme: Shakespeare on the grass, hi-jinx in the high street, magic in cafes, dancing on benches and much, much more.

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11 North Devon days out for animal lovers

Animal days out in North Devon

Do you go giddy over goats? Are you balmy about birds? Does swimming with sea lions sound super to you?!

You’re in luck! Lovers of creatures great and small are sure to find their fix in North Devon.

We’ve done the work so you don’t have to, selecting 11 of the region’s best days out for animal lovers…

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QUIZ: Which North Devon accommodation is perfect for you?

Saunton Sands Hotel North Devon

Hotels, campsites, B&BS… when it comes to choosing a place to stay, it can cause quite the headache.

Don’t worry, though – we’re here to help you get your head around it all!

Take our quiz to find out which type of accommodation would be perfect for you here in North Devon…

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