Culture, crabbing and crazy golf - Ilfracombe has it all. This Victorian Devon seaside resort is simply bursting with character and charm. Its inspiring views of the sea from the harbour and the cliffs are just the beginning for visitors choosing to enjoy a self catering holiday cottage in this pretty North Devon seaside town. Take a look through the telescope at the edge of the pretty fishing harbour out to the secretive isle of Lundy or take a charming day trip over to the island itself and experience Britain’s tenth natural wonder for yourself. Stroll to the tip-top of Capstone Hill to view the stone memorial, visit the tiny sailors chapel and enjoy ocean views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. With little beaches such as the famous Tunnels Beach, Wildersmouth, Rapparree Cove and Hele Bay it has much to offer those who like traditional bucket and spade seaside holidays.

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Many of Ilfracombe's holiday cottages are ocean-facing with outstanding sea views for miles and miles out. Your Devon holiday cottage in Ilfracombe will be a beautifully rural one with some of the best of the country's views.

The Landmark Theatre presents a popular choice of shows from musicals and comedians to drama and films and live screenings from The National Theatre and The Royal Opera House. The Landmark overlooks the small Wildersmouth Beach, beyond which are scenic walks around Capstone Hill at the top of which is an ancient Fishermen's Chapel well worth the climb. To the West are the famous Tunnels Beaches, small private beaches with rock pools reached through tunnels carved into the rock in Victorian times. They are much sought after for wedding destination as well as popular with families.

Ilfracombe Harbour (embarkation point for sea-trips to Lundy Island or coastal cruises) you can find the fantastic work of resident Damien Hirst.' Verity' is an impressive sixty-six-foot bronze statue of a woman forever staring out to sea at the very edge of the pier alongside the harbour. Visit the Ilfracombe Aquarium or join a mackerel fishing tip to bring some fish home to BBQ back at your holiday cottage.

Further inland, you can find delicious restaurants and wonderfully charismatic bistros and cafes all filled with mouth-watering recipes and concoctions for all the family. You can also relax with a film at the local Embassy Cinema. Splash out on a memorable lunch in Damian Hirst's harbourside Bistro or try a melted cheese and lava (seaweed) sandwich! Indulge in Ilfracombe's finest freshly caught mussels and scallops or enjoy a traditional fish and chips from Maddie's.

Further afield, holiday cottage and apartment residents in Ilfracombe enjoy easy access to a host of award-winning sandy beaches such as WoolacombeCroyde, Saunton Sands, or little rocky coves such as Rockham Bay, Lee Bay, Combe Martin (superb rock pooling) and Barricane Beach. Walk the South West Coast Path which offers stunning views across The Bristol Channel to Wales. The path runs across the top of the highest cliffs in Europe at Great Hangman, just East of Combe Martin and along the coast at Trentishoe to Woody Bay where (should you fancy a ride) the Lynton Barnstaple Narrow Gauge railway has its station.