Discover the story of Ilfracombe’s rich history and find objects from around the world at Ilfracombe museum. Get down to the harbour to meet all kinds of sea life at Ilfracombe Aquarium. Or see an impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles at Arlington Court Carriage Museum.
Climb, coasteer and more with Rock and Rapid Adventures. Meet mammals, reptiles and the Exmoor Beast at Exmoor Zoo. Enjoy all-weather family fun at The Milky Way Adventure Park. Or see lions, wolves, sea lions, primates, meerkats, penguins and animatronic dinosaurs at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.
Stock up on popcorn for the latest releases at Embassy Ilfracombe Cinema. Ride the only steam railway in the UK where passengers travel in Victorian railway carriages designed in the 1890s on the Lynton and Barnstaple line. Or dare to ride the UK’s steepest and highest water-powered funicular cliff railway at Lynton and Lynmouth.
Pack your trunks and buckets and spades for wonderful beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde or Tunnels Beaches, a network of tunnels carved through sand that lead to sheltered beaches and a tidal Victorian bathing pool. Or ride the ponies, pedalos, tractors and Rampage rollercoaster at The Big Sheep, home to the famous sheep race.
Keep your fitness up with swim and gym at Ilfracombe Leisure Centre. Swing your clubs at great golf courses such as Ilfracombe, Saunton and Royal North Devon. Fish for your supper on a charter with Bluefin or Wild Frontier. Or hire a kayak with OSKC Watersports and see stuff from the sea.
Kick a ball around the course with Foot Golf North Devon. Chuck an axe, fire some arrows, climb some walls or coasteer your way along the cliffs with Rock and Rapid Adventures. Or pick from ten-pin bowling, pool and snooker, solid strike, or karaoke pods at Let’s Go. Keep kids entertained in the Munchkins play area.
Chill the pace at Reflections Flotation and Therapy Centre, with tanning, flotation, massage and more. Taste vegan beers with the small-batch artisans at Madrigal Brewery, from juicy pales through to liquorice porters and lemongrass saisons. Or head back in time on a trip to St Nicholas’ Chapel and Arlington Court.
Surf at Croyde Bay or Woolacombe Surf Centre, get up close and personal with North Devon’s wildlife on an Ilfracombe Sea Safari RIB or bag some clay at North Devon Shooting Ground. Shop Ilfracombe’s quirky galleries and independents or Barnstaple’s outlet centre. Or come in May for the art trail or August for the carnival.