What to do whilst visiting Ilfracombe!

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What to do whilst visiting Ilfracombe!

Food and drink

This is our 17th Century pub, the large beer garden has just been completely refurbished and its known for its quality food and fine ales. 15 minute walk from 2 The Villa, up past the harbour on the right hand side.
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The Thatched Inn
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This is our 17th Century pub, the large beer garden has just been completely refurbished and its known for its quality food and fine ales. 15 minute walk from 2 The Villa, up past the harbour on the right hand side.
Great for seafood, and you can see this location from the lounge, so only a 2 minute walk away! Great for a special occasion, or just sit outside with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down!
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Espresso Seafood Bar and Grill
1 St James Pl
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Great for seafood, and you can see this location from the lounge, so only a 2 minute walk away! Great for a special occasion, or just sit outside with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down!
Another favourite of mine, run by Sarah and Kate. Serving in their restaurant and also offering delicious take-away food. They do really nice cocktails also!
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Relish Bar & Bistro
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Another favourite of mine, run by Sarah and Kate. Serving in their restaurant and also offering delicious take-away food. They do really nice cocktails also!
If you love your Italian food, go here. They make you feel so very welcome and the food is delicious. They are great with kids also.
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Giovanni & Luca
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If you love your Italian food, go here. They make you feel so very welcome and the food is delicious. They are great with kids also.
Another favourite of mine! Incredible food that features in the Michelin Guide. Run by Paul and Sarah, they also do take away.
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The Antidote restaurant & boutique accommodation
20 St James Pl
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Another favourite of mine! Incredible food that features in the Michelin Guide. Run by Paul and Sarah, they also do take away.
Ilfracombe's only Michelin Star restaurant. Worth a visit if you can get a booking!
The Olive branch
56 Fore Street
Ilfracombe's only Michelin Star restaurant. Worth a visit if you can get a booking!

Beach

My favourite local Ilfracombe beach and one that I frequent regularly. Very safe for swimming and mostly used by locals. About 10 mins walk from 2 The Villa, up past the harbour on the right and just round the corner and down the steps from the skateboard park.
Rapparee Cove
My favourite local Ilfracombe beach and one that I frequent regularly. Very safe for swimming and mostly used by locals. About 10 mins walk from 2 The Villa, up past the harbour on the right and just round the corner and down the steps from the skateboard park.
Only 10 mins drive from here. Park up at Marine Drive and check out the Port Hole cafe run by my friend Jim. Great teas, coffees and take out food perfectly positioned to enjoy the views!
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Woolacombe Beach
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Only 10 mins drive from here. Park up at Marine Drive and check out the Port Hole cafe run by my friend Jim. Great teas, coffees and take out food perfectly positioned to enjoy the views!
Another wonderful beach, get their early for parking. Incredible surfing beach, and great for walks.
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Saunton Beach
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Another wonderful beach, get their early for parking. Incredible surfing beach, and great for walks.
Another fab beach!!!! Great for surfers and swimming, parking is tricky enough, try going right to the end of the road at Croyde point and pull into the National Trust Car Park. There is a great cafe just next to the car park also.
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Croyde Beach
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Another fab beach!!!! Great for surfers and swimming, parking is tricky enough, try going right to the end of the road at Croyde point and pull into the National Trust Car Park. There is a great cafe just next to the car park also.
Quiet beach about a 5 min drive from here. Very safe, lots of rock pools and perfect for families.
Hele Beach
Quiet beach about a 5 min drive from here. Very safe, lots of rock pools and perfect for families.
Privately owned beach, used in Victorian times, that also is now the Number 1 beach wedding destination in the UK. The tunnels beach area is separate from the wedding venue, you pay a small fee on entry, but it's worth a visit. It has also recently featured in Robson Green's Costal Lives programme.
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Tunnels Beaches
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Privately owned beach, used in Victorian times, that also is now the Number 1 beach wedding destination in the UK. The tunnels beach area is separate from the wedding venue, you pay a small fee on entry, but it's worth a visit. It has also recently featured in Robson Green's Costal Lives programme.

Sightseeing

Damien Hirst's world famous statue, found in Ilfracombe Harbour. 10 min walk from 2 The Villa.
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Verity
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Damien Hirst's world famous statue, found in Ilfracombe Harbour. 10 min walk from 2 The Villa.
Amazing walk, park at Mortehoe car park and walk along the road to Morte Point lighthouse, then walk back along the coast. Take a packed lunch, you will be gone for hours!
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Morte Point
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Amazing walk, park at Mortehoe car park and walk along the road to Morte Point lighthouse, then walk back along the coast. Take a packed lunch, you will be gone for hours!
Visit the top of the Sleeping Elephant in the harbour. All you need to do is walk from 2 The Villa to the right of the harbour and just keep left up along the coastal path. Beautiful views, and you can even walk down to Hele Beach if you stay along the coast. About 20 min walk from 2 The Villa
Hillsborough
Visit the top of the Sleeping Elephant in the harbour. All you need to do is walk from 2 The Villa to the right of the harbour and just keep left up along the coastal path. Beautiful views, and you can even walk down to Hele Beach if you stay along the coast. About 20 min walk from 2 The Villa
Another beauty spot, incredible walks. Drive to Lynton and Lynmouth, park up and just walk around this beautiful area. Plenty of cafes around and some delicious ice cream!
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Valley of Rocks
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Another beauty spot, incredible walks. Drive to Lynton and Lynmouth, park up and just walk around this beautiful area. Plenty of cafes around and some delicious ice cream!
A place of outstanding beauty, only accessible via boat. No cars allowed on the island so you can catch a foot ferry from Ilfracombe Harbour, and stay all day or overnight. Bikes are available for hire on the Island. Amazing diving all round the Island.
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Lundy
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A place of outstanding beauty, only accessible via boat. No cars allowed on the island so you can catch a foot ferry from Ilfracombe Harbour, and stay all day or overnight. Bikes are available for hire on the Island. Amazing diving all round the Island.

Family entertainment

Quirky and fabulous. Loved by adults and kids and only 15 mins drive from here towards Combe Martin. On your way out of the park ask to to have your photo taken and every time you revisit you will get in for only 2.50 per person in the photo! You can visit here in sunshine or in light rain. Its great for keeping the kids entertained. There is a cafe on site.
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Watermouth Castle
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Quirky and fabulous. Loved by adults and kids and only 15 mins drive from here towards Combe Martin. On your way out of the park ask to to have your photo taken and every time you revisit you will get in for only 2.50 per person in the photo! You can visit here in sunshine or in light rain. Its great for keeping the kids entertained. There is a cafe on site.
Where the Dinosaurs come alive every 30 mins, and you can learn about the wonderful wild animals. This is a sanctuary and kids really love it, plenty of rides, animal education and crazy dinosaurs. A must!
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Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park
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Where the Dinosaurs come alive every 30 mins, and you can learn about the wonderful wild animals. This is a sanctuary and kids really love it, plenty of rides, animal education and crazy dinosaurs. A must!
Sheep by name and sheep by nature! Such a great spot, just outside Bideford. Plenty of rides and lots to learn about local animals. Kids love it.
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The BIG Sheep
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Sheep by name and sheep by nature! Such a great spot, just outside Bideford. Plenty of rides and lots to learn about local animals. Kids love it.
Perfect for slightly older kids and young adults, get wet and have fun, lots to laugh about whilst trying to stay on the floats!
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North Devon Wake Park
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Perfect for slightly older kids and young adults, get wet and have fun, lots to laugh about whilst trying to stay on the floats!
There is so much to do here, for all weather entertainment. Its about a 45 min drive from Ilfracombe, and you will spend hours in here. Definitely a day out. If you are still ready for more, visit the Wake Park afterwards.
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The Milky Way Adventure Park
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There is so much to do here, for all weather entertainment. Its about a 45 min drive from Ilfracombe, and you will spend hours in here. Definitely a day out. If you are still ready for more, visit the Wake Park afterwards.