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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: 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 & 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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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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    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Porthcawl
    Don't miss this unusual opportunity to sail from Ilfracombe across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh Resort of Porthcawl for time ashore. Stroll the promenade and beaches or get an ice cream before steaming for home.
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    Cruise Welsh Coast & Nash Point
    Don't miss this unusual opportunity to sail across the Bristol Channel to call at Porthcawl. Stay on board for the afternoon cruise along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast to Nash Point. Marvel at the carboniferous limestone coastline carved by the waves and take in views of the Nash Point Lighthouse and Southerndown; recently filmed as a location for BBC’s Dr Who.
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    Lundy Island & Annual Church Service
    Don't miss this sailing to the enchanting island of Lundy for time ashore. This trip ties in with the very special annual Lundy Church Service.

     A church service has been arranged annually on Lundy by the coastal steamers Balmoral or Waverley for many years, bringing thousands of people from Wales, and up channel English piers & ports via Ilfracombe.

    Of course it is not compulsory to go to the church service; just going to enjoy the spirituality of Lundy itself is fine.
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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.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise Exmoor Coast & Porlock Bay
    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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. Enjoy the great views of North Devon’s Atlantic coast as we sail through Bideford Bay.
    Click to buy tickets
    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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. Enjoy the great views of North Devon’s Atlantic coast as we sail through Bideford Bay.
    Click to buy tickets
    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!
    Click to buy tickets
    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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.
    Click to buy tickets
    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!
    Click to buy tickets