Ilfracombe occupies a truly spectacular position on England's Southwest coast, with Bristol to the North and the stunning county of Cornwall to the South. Whether you're looking to make this place the base for a rousing trip through Devon or to while away a week or two within its confines, this little seaside town certainly packs in the attractions.
A good place to kick things off is the Ilfracombe aquarium, which becomes a favourite when the Great British weather decides to throw the odd curveball here and there. Follow this with a dose of fish n' chip in the pier and you'll know you couldn't be anywhere other than the English seaside.
A dizzying network of hand-carved tunnels can be found at Ilfracombe's famous Tunnel Beaches attraction, which lead on to some of the area's most tranquil beaches and a Victorian bathing pool. The Landmark Theatre is a sight to behold in its own right, while the neighbouring Ilfracombe Museum is the place to go for a detailed insight into the culture, heritage and history of the region.
Ilfracombe really made its mark as a fishing port and as a major hub for the export and import of lime and coal. The sea is still important to the town today, but economically it relies more on tourism and a number of light engineering businesses have also made the town their base of operations.
With nearly 75% of the population employed in the service sector, visitors to the town are well catered for. If you're looking to satisfy your retail and gastronomic cravings in one fell swoop, nowhere comes more highly recommended than the Walker's Chocolate Emporium on Ilfracombe's High Street - the name pretty much gives away what you'll find in spades here!
Sporting activities range from everything the sea has ever served up to family staples like mini-golf and classic croquet - all within easy reach of the town centre. Ilfracombe also boasts some of the most stunning coastal views this side of the English Channel - the panoramas just too beautiful to put into words.