A short distance by car or bus are the spectacular golden sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands, a mecca for surfing and a children's paradise.
Ilfracombe is ideally situated for you to explore the spectacular coastline and the delightful moorland reaches of Exmoor with its rolling hills and quaint villages. South of Ilfracombe is Barnstaple with its famous Pannier Market and Butchers Row and a mixture of recognisable chains and independent retailers. Further South and you come to Torrington, a quaint Devon town with cream teas galore. To the west are the beautiful Hartland Peninsula and the market town of Bideford. On the coast and estuary you will find Appledore, Westward Ho! and Clovelly, one of the last feudal villages.
Before your trip around the area why not pop into Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre where you can buy maps and guide books to plan your day.