Bicclescombe Park is Ilfracombe's premier park and lies approximately one mile south of the town centre. The park is sited in a valley bottom running north south, which provides a sheltered and often sunny environment.
The Wilderbrook stream runs through this beautiful park and splits into three flows feeding the Boat Lake, Duck Pond and the Mill Leat which powers the Mill Wheel. This highly decorative park boasts formally planted flower displays, evergreen and flowering shrubberies and a wide variety of tree species.
Also within the park there are several tennis courts, a large children's play area, a sensory garden and the Old Mill House and Tea Rooms. A fantastic FREE day out!
The park was formally opened on 2 January 1911 as Bicclescombe Park Pleasure Gardens. Extended in 1937 it has housed over the years a bowling green, a putting green and a pets corner.
The mill is believed to date from the late 18th century and was sold to Ilfracombe Urban District Council in 1933. Sadly it was neglected and eventually fell into a state of disrepair. The Rotary Club of Ilfracombe took on the task of restoring the mill and the mill machinery was almost completely remade.
The park itself including the sensory garden and children's play area is always open.
Old Mill House and Tea Rooms: Open all year depending on demand and weather. The tea rooms are run by volunteers and profits go towards new equipment for the park.
Ilfracombe & District Model Boat Club: The club was formed in 2011 and meets every Wednesday and Sunday morning between 10am and noon. The park hosts events and regattas.
Car Parking is free and there are two car parks, one at either end of the park.
Public Toilets are situated beneath the pavilion next to the floral display area.
Children's Play Area catering for children aged 4 to 11. The play equipment is constructed to meet the standards of The National Playing Fields Association.
Sensory Garden – an area of the park designed to appeal to all the senses filled with plants and other features that can be enjoyed by people with disabilities, particularly those who have difficulty with their sight.
Water Features – Water plays an important role in the park with the Mill Leat supplying water to the mill, the Wilderbrook stream flowing through the park as well as the duck pond and boating lake. Note that children must always be supervised around water.