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Ilfracombe is gaining a reputation as a cultural and artistic hub in North Devon. From exquisite food, to galleries featuring international artists, the town is being referred to as the new St Ives.

The beautiful harbour is one of the key working ports in North Devon, and has a long history, with there being a port here as far back as the 12th Century. Today it is used for tourism, and for bringing in the freshly caught seafood. Trips to Lundy Island, and sea-safaris are available along the quay, which make a great day out for a couple or family.

The coastal town is home to renowned artist Damien Hirst’s famous sculpture, Verity, a 20m high steel and bronze statue, overlooking the Bristol Channel. The Fleek, and Driftwood galleries showcase a range of art from both national and international artists, in a variety of styles. The Ilfracombe Art Trail is a yearly event where the town becomes an open gallery, displaying work of all types, with pieces displayed in public gardens, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

For something different the Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning all weather family attraction, situated in the Old Lifeboat House at Ilfracombe Harbour. Its beautiful exhibits are carefully recreated natural habitats, providing home to over 75 species of fish. For great food, head to Fore St, and try the locally sourced specials. The Landmark Theatre puts on classic films, music, and drama to keep you entertained.

Useful Info

Main Attractions: Harbour, Art, Aquarium, Food

Accommodation: Hotels, B&Bs, Self Catered Properties, Camping

Food: Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs

Accessible Via: M5 and A361

Coast: North

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