Introducing Ilfracombe & Around
Strung out along a grand seafront promenade backed by a string of Edwardian villas and budget B&Bs, the coastal town of Ilfracombe has been attracting tourists since before Queen Victoria was on the throne, and it’s still a favourite destination for holidaying Brits looking for a spot of bracing sea air and summer sunshine. Chic it certainly isn’t, but Ilfracombe makes an attractive spot to sample the peculiar charms of the British seaside – candy-floss, cloudy days, chip wrappers and all. There are small beaches beyond the grassy headland of Hillsborough, but the best sand is 5 miles west at Woolacombe; the little cove of Lee Bay around the headland is also worth seeking out.
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