This coastal town in north Devon is centred on a historic harbour and it makes a good base for exploring Somerset and north Devon.
The Landmark, The Seafront, Ilfracombe
Tel (01271) 86301
National Express has daily buses to London. Change at Barnstaple for connecting buses to Birmingham.
Mullacott Farm, Mullacott Cross, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8NA
Tel 0870 770 8868
29 St James Place, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9BJ
Tel (01271) 867835
Ilfracombe's aquarium focuses on the region's river and marine life with creatures from the Exmoor River, the Taw Estuary and Ilfracombe Harbour.
The Old Lifeboat House, The Pier, Ilfracombe
Tel (01271) 864 533
Open Mar-Jun 10am-4.30pm daily; Jul-Aug 10am-6pm daily; Sep-Oct 10am-4.30pm daily
This museum has an eclectic collection of artefacts that cover local and natural history.
Runnymede Gardens, Wilder Road, Sea Front, Ilfracombe
Tel (01271) 863541
Open Jan-Mar 10am-1pm daily; Apr-Oct 10am-5pm daily; Nov-Dec 10am-1pm daily