The Best Instagrammable Spots Around Ilfracombe

Are you looking for the best spots to take amazing photos in Ilfracombe? Look no further! Ilfracombe, a picturesque town located on the North Devon coast, boasts breath taking coastal landscapes and stunning natural beauty. Whether you’re a nature lover or a photography enthusiast, this charming town is full of Instagram-worthy spots that will make your feed pop. From hidden coves to dramatic cliffs, and from panoramic sea views to bustling harbours, Ilfracombe has it all. In this blog, we’ve rounded up the top spots that will inspire your creativity and offer plenty of unforgettable photo opportunities. So grab your camera gear and get ready to explore the best Instagrammable spots around Ilfracombe!

1. South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

The SWCP is the longest National Trail in the UK and is considered to be one of the most spectacular coastal walks in the world! With a diverse range of landscapes, including rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and open fields, there are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife, enjoy stunning sea views, and explore the rugged coastline! You’ll also be able to capture some stunning sunset pictures across the coast.

Find out more about the South West Coast Path here.

2. Lundy Island

Lundy Island

Hop on the Lundy ferry or take one of the many boat trips from the harbour to discover what the island offers! From dramatic cliffs to secluded beaches, and lush vegetation to panoramic sea views. The island’s diverse landscapes and wildlife, including seabirds, seals, and dolphins, provides fantastic photography opportunities. Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, Lundy Island is sure to inspire your creativity and offer plenty of stunning photo opportunities. As well as the booking office and kiosks on the quay, the Oldenburg and boat trips can be booked at the Tourist Information Centre.

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3. Hop On a Boat!

Ilfracombe Sea Safari

Take a sunset boat trip or for a more adventurous experience hop on one of the fast ribs and you’ll be treated to an abundance of photo opportunities, from our amazing coastal wildlife to the enchanting North Devon coastline, with its ever-changing skyline and uninterrupted views. You can even choose to swim with the seals at Lundy too!

Explore Our Boat Trips Here!

4. Ilfracombe Town

Ilfracombe Town

Not a specific location, but the steep streets and fantastic mix of architecture in Ilfracombe make for some fantastic shots. Whether you’re walking in the Jubilee Gardens or you’re exploring the winding lanes up to the High Street and Fore Street, there are endless possibilities for the perfect Insta shot!

5. Capstone Hill

Capstone Panoramic View

This hill offers breath taking panoramic views of the town and the sea. Relax on the grass while you take in the scenery and watch the bustling harbour life go by, or head up at sunset to catch a stunning view of the sun disappearing behind Lundy Island far in the distance.

6. Ilfracombe Harbour


Experience the hustle and bustle of this busy harbour, where fishing boats, pleasure cruises, and restaurants create a lively atmosphere. Don’t forget to snap a photo with Damien Hirst’s iconic statue, Verity, as your backdrop. This 20-metre-tall bronze statue is sure to make an impression on your Instagram feed. In the winter, watch the waves crash against the rocks for an entirely different experience.

Learn more about our beautiful harbour here!

7. Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beach

For those looking for a unique beach experience, Tunnels Beaches is a fantastic location to explore. Explore a unique beach complex with a network of hand-carved tunnels leading to secluded coves and tidal pools. The dramatic rock formations and clear blue waters make for stunning photo opportunities.

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8. Hillsborough


A great place for walking with fantastic views of Ilfracombe and the coast. Hillsborough offers a range of walking trails and viewpoints with stunning coastal vistas. You can fully immerse yourself in nature by observing the diverse range of wildflowers, butterflies, and birds that call Hillsborough home.

Find out more about Hillsborough & Rapparee Cove here.

9. Lee Bay

Lee Bay

This hidden gem nestled in a valley just north of Ilfracombe offers a peaceful retreat surrounded by wooded hills. Take photos of the sandy beach, rock pools, and clear waters while kayaking, fishing, or walking.

10. Hele Bay Beach

Hele Bay – credit Collingdale Guest House

Hele Bay has been popular with bathers since Victorian times and the part sand, part shingle beach tucked away in Hele is the perfect setting for some beach photos! Explore the numerous rock pools with fishing nets and discover the secret smugglers’ caves. Then, at very low tide, clamber around the rocks to ‘Fishing Rock’ or ‘Blythes Cove’. The beach is also popular with canoeists, and larger ships can be viewed out to sea, so bring your binoculars! 

11. Verity By Damien Hirst

Verity By Damien Hirst

Of course, a trip to Ilfracombe isn’t complete without checking out the famous Verity Statue by Damien Hirst. Whether you love it or hate it – you’re sure to see some magnificent shots of the 20-metre-tall bronze statue that are sure to impress!

Learn More About the Famous Verity Statue Here!

So there you go, Ilfracombe has so much to offer, and these are just a few of the many Instagrammable spots waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or simply love capturing memories of your travels, don’t miss out on these stunning locations. So, grab your camera or phone and start exploring!

Don’t forget to share your photos by tagging us on Instagram at @VisitIlfracombe or by using the hashtag #visitilfracombe

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