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Welcome to Accommodation in Ilfracombe

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Here at accommodation in Ilfracombe we  give you the history of this amazing location, give you a list of the accommodation available to you within the area, that is not only great for weekend breaks but also great for family holidays, a romantic getaway or just somewhere to explore.
Our attractions page has listed the attractions available to you in Ilfracombe and it’s surrounding borders.
The stunning beaches and views are breath taking so if you are a sightseer then this is the idyllic location for you.  Don’t just take our word for it come and see for yourself. You will most certainly not be disappointed.
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One of the manyilfracombe reasons tourists pour into Ilfracombe is not just for the location as it is right on the shores of Devon but also because of these amazing tunnels carved out into the cliffs and so rightly named Tunnels Beaches, which were hand carved into the cliffs in the 1820’s. The four tunnels provide an amazing experience as you also read the historic information throughout the entire site which also includes some hilariously great guides to Victorian etiquette for boys, girls and when boating with ladies. Learn how local Victorian entrepreneurs developed the tunnels and tidal pools to transform Ilfracombe from a very small fishing village to a budding tourist resort. You can visit their website here. www.tunnelsbeaches.co.uk

 

 

Ilfracombe Aquarium is in the old lifeboat house situated next door to theilfracombe marine life beautiful and picturesque historic harbour. All exhibits feature the marine life found in and around the Devon borders ranging from river life to sea life. They have over seventy five different species some of which for most visitors of the aquarium have never been seen before and feature feeding demonstrations from experienced keeper guides. They also hold quizzes along the route of the aquarium trail, starting at the river marine life leading all the way to the sea life all in their natural recreated habitats.  Feeling peckish or just a little thirsty after walking around their wheelchair friendly aquarium then they also host a Pier Café for any refreshments wanted, toiletry needs or if you just want a nice meal. You can visit them on their website for more information. www.ilfracombeaquarium.co.uk

History

Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England with a small harbour, surrounded by cliffs. The parish stretches along the coast from ‘The Coastguard Cottages’ in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along The Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at ‘Hore down Gate’, 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level. The landmark of Hillsborough Hill dominates the harbour and is the site of an Iron Age fortified settlement. In the built environment, the architectural-award-winning Landmark Theatre is either loved or hated for its unusual double-conical design. The 13th-century parish church, Trinity, and the St Nicholas’s Chapel (a lighthouse) on Lantern Hill.

Ilfracombe has been settled since the iron age when the Dumnonii Celts established a hill fort on the dominant hill, Hillsborough (formerly Hele’s Barrow). The origin of the town’s name has two possible sources. The first is that it is a derivative of the Anglo Saxon Alfreinscoma – by which name it was noted in the Liber Exoniesis of 1086. The translation of this name is “Valley of the sons of Alfred”. The second origin is that the name Ilfracombe was derived from Norse illf (bad), Anglo-Saxon yfel (evil ford) and Anglo-Saxon cumb (valley) perhaps from a Celtic source, which would make it ‘The valley with the bad ford’.

The manor house at Chambercombe in east Ilfracombe was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as being built by a Norman knight Champernon from France who landed with William of Normandy It is also said to be haunted.

Ilfracombe comprised two distinct communities; a farming community around the parish church called Holy Trinity, parts of which date from the 12th century, and a fishing community around the natural harbour formed between Capstone, Compass and Lantern Torrs. It is recorded that the lands by the church were part of the estate owned by Champernowne family while those by the harbour belonged to the Bouchier family the Earls of Bath