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Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe is steeped in history and became a popular destination in Victorian times. It offers spectacular views and plenty to do for time ashore. There are many fine and award winning beaches, from secluded coves to the wide stretches of golden sand with crashing surf. For a unique beach experience visit 'The Tunnels' in Ilfracombe, holders of a blue flag and seaside award or Hele Bay to the east of the town also award winners, for good bathing and rock pool exploring- the kids will love it!.

The town boasts a variety of attractions for the whole family including the award winning Aquarium, Larkestone Leisure Park, Hele Cornmill, and if you like spooky experiences you must visit Chambercombe Manor- reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain!

There is always something going on in the town , at the famous landmark Theatre on the seafront, or around the harbour, with a host of open air events, displays and live entertainment throughout the summer. Step back in time and enjoy a fascinating afternoon ashore in this fascinating resort – or book one of our inclusive tours to enjoy a steam train experience on the Lynton & Barnstable Railway or reduced admission to nearby Watermouth Castle!. There is so much to see and do at Ilfracombe!.

View map of the departure point

Sailing from: Ilfracombe Harbour, The Quay, Ilfracombe

The ship departs from close to Harbour Master and Lundy Booking offices and the unmissable Verity – sculpture by Damien Hirst.

Postcode:  EX34 9EQ

Access:  By road -  A361/ A339 to Ilfracombe and follow signs to harbour.

Car parking: Long-stay car parking on Marine Drive and Larkstone Lane [reasonable walk to Harbour]. Charges apply.

Public transport: Barnstaple Railway Station (10 miles). Frequent bus services to Ilfracombe.
Local bus stops: Ilfracombe, Ropery Road and Ilfracombe, St James's Place Gardens plus town centre.

Please use
http://www.travelinesw.com/ to plan your journey.

Additional local information: Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01271 863001

 

    Cruise & explore: Bideford
    Join the ship at Ilfracombe to cruise along the North Devon coast. Pass Bull Point & Lighthouse and into Bideford Bay before crossing the Bar and cruising past Appledore to the historic market town of Bideford for a short time ashore.
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    Cruise Bideford Bay
    Sail from Ilfracombe’s busy harbour past Lee Bay, Bull Point & Lighthouse and Morte Point to pass the surfing resort of Woolacombe and into Bideford Bay. A wonderful afternoon trip!
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    Cruise Exmoor Coast
    One of our highlight cruises. Experience the stunning Exmoor coastline from the sea as we sail past Combe Martin, Woody Bay, Lynton & Lynmouth, the Foreland Point & Lighthouse towards Porlock Bay, returning by the same route. See the highest sea cliff in England and Wales, Great Hangman at 244m (800ft) plus the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales.
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    Cruise & explore: Lundy Island
    Enjoy the breathtaking views and magic of Lundy Island! Climb the steep island paths, enjoy a drink in the island’s only Marisco Tavern & write postcards to send by special Lundy post.
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    Cruise Exmoor Coast
    One of our highlight cruises. Experience the stunning Exmoor coastline from the sea as we sail past Combe Martin, Woody Bay, Lynton & Lynmouth, the Foreland Point & Lighthouse and along to Porlock Bay, returning by the same route. See the highest sea cliff in England and Wales, Great Hangman at 244m (800ft) plus the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales.
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    Cruise Bideford Bay
    Sail from Ilfracombe’s busy harbour past Lee Bay, Bull Point & Lighthouse and Morte Point to pass the surfing resort of Woolacombe and into Bideford Bay. A wonderful afternoon trip!
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    Special Sailing: Exmoor & Somerset Coasts [rendezvous with PS Waverley]
    Come aboard to experience the meeting of two important, historic ships! Sail from Ilfracombe along the beautiful Exmoor coast. The ship will meet Paddle Steamer Waverley as she leaves Minehead to cruise Porlock Bay.
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    Special Sailing: Visit Bideford & sail with PS Waverley towards Lundy Island
    Come aboard to experience the meeting of two important, historic ships! Cruise along the North Devon Coast, meeting Paddle Steamer Waverley as she sails towards Lundy Island. Continue on MV Balmoral past Bull Point & Lighthouse and into Bideford Bay, before crossing the Bar and cruising past Appledore to the historic market town of Bideford for a short time ashore.
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    Special Sailing: Explore Padstow [coach return]
    Join us at Ilfracombe for this special sailing taking in the stunning northern coastlines of both Devon & Cornwall all the way to Padstow. Enjoy stunning views as many sections of this coast are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Passengers return by inclusive coach. [One-way fares available. Pre-booking required.]
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    Cruise Exmoor Coast
    Come on board at Ilfracombe for a great afternoon trip along the Exmoor Coast: sail past Combe Martin, Woody Bay, Lynton & Lynmouth, the Foreland Point & Lighthouse and towards Porlock Bay.
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