Ilfracombe

Nestling snugly amongst the rugged cliffs of the majestic Atlantic coast sits Ilfracombe – an historic and charming natural harbour surrounded by beautiful and breathtaking scenery.Verity Ilfracombe

Guarding the harbour entrance with sword held aloft stands Verity, a 66ft bronze sculpture by the artist Damien Hirst. More examples of his work are on display in his cafe / restaurant at number 11 The Quay.

The town has grown up around an ancient harbour where today fishing vessels mix with pleasure craft. With its array of shops, cafés and bars, it has an almost continental atmosphere.

It is the base for many varied festivals, with a growing reputation for its floral displays and has been proud winner of the ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition. Each year the streets are awash with colour from June to October with baskets, tubs and plants everywhere.

Braunton Burrows which have been given World Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, celebrating an ability to co-exist with nature. The designation encourages local people and others who live, work, or visit North Devon to adopt sustainable lifestyles and working practices which will help protect the Burrows into the future.