Ocean Backpackers, 29 St James Place, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BJ

Call Alex and Gavin on 07775 501878 or 01271 867835

  • Double room
  • 2 sets of bunks
  • Blue bunks and bed
  • Large commercail kitchen
  • Split level dining area
  • Man relaxins in the lounge area
  • lady sitting at a small table in the court yard
  • Empty beanch overlook the sea towards a golden sunset

Self catering, group accommodation in Ilfracombe

Ocean Backpackers is situated very close to Ilfracombe's picturesque harbour and Damien Hirsts' statue of Verity.

This cool, clean and friendly hostel offers excellent facilities for groups, families and solo travellers. The hostel welcomes guests on a budget who enjoy the social aspect of a Backpackers and have a love of the great outdoors!

There is storage for bikes, boards and Kayaks on request, plenty of books and games and USB ports. A well equipped communal, self-catering kitchen and a spacious living room with plenty of seating and free WiFi, which makes it a real home form home.

Ideal for walkers, cyclists, surfers, divers as well as families, schools and activity groups. Other facilities include a boot and coat drying room and a place to wash and hang wetsuits.

Nestled in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ilfracombe has many shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants and is the start of the Route 27 Coast to Coast ride to Plymouth. The South West Coast Path runs through Ilfracombe and provides wonderful walks with stunning scenery that will take your breath away!

It is just a short drive to the sandy surf beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde and the spectacular Exmoor National Park.

Dog friendly rooms available on request depending on the season. The whole hostel can be hired for exclusive use but you would need to contact the hostel direct to arrange that.
Very close to the picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour, this cosy, cool, clean and friendly hostel offers fantastic facilities for groups, families and sole travellers.There is storage and a drying room for wetsuits bikes & boards. Plenty of books, games & USB ports. A well equipped self-catering kitchen and a spacious living room with free WiFi. A real home from home. Close to restaurants & bars.
Ocean Backpackers is situated very close to Ilfracombe's picturesque harbour and Damien Hirsts' statue of Verity.

This cool, clean and friendly hostel offers excellent facilities for groups, families and solo travellers. The hostel welcomes guests on a budget who enjoy the social aspect of a Backpackers and have a love of the great outdoors!

There is storage for bikes, boards and Kayaks on request, plenty of books and games and USB ports. A well equipped communal, self-catering kitchen and a spacious living room with plenty of seating and free WiFi, which makes it a real home form home.

Ideal for walkers, cyclists, surfers, divers as well as families, schools and activity groups. Other facilities include a boot and coat drying room and a place to wash and hang wetsuits.

Nestled in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ilfracombe has many shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants and is the start of the Route 27 Coast to Coast ride to Plymouth. The South West Coast Path runs through Ilfracombe and provides wonderful walks with stunning scenery that will take your breath away!

It is just a short drive to the sandy surf beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde and the spectacular Exmoor National Park.

Dog friendly rooms available on request depending on the season. The whole hostel can be hired for exclusive use but you would need to contact the hostel direct to arrange that.

This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.

Details

  • Beds & Rooms:

    45: mix of dorms / family rooms
  • Open:

    All year (exclusive hire only Nov-Mar inclusive). Check in 4pm to 7pm.
  • Price per night:

    Dorms from £25pp. Double/twin rooms from £66 a room for bookings made via our website. Contact by email/phone for group bookings.
  • Booking:

    For bookings that fall between April & October please book via our website. Group bookings (8+) cannot be made online. Please e-mail via our website contact page or telephone directly for these.
  • Directions:

    Ocean Backpackers is on St James Place (a one way street which leads down to the Harbour.) For more detailed directions go to the website and click on directions.
  • Public Transport :

    Direct coaches from London Victoria / Heathrow / Plymouth / Exeter. By train take the Tarka line to Barnstaple from Exeter then bus to Ilfracombe.
  • Walks :

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks South West Coast Path Hostels on the Tarka Trail
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Facilities

aMixed dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
jShowers
sComputer with internet
[WiFi
tWithin 1 mile of NCN

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Arts, Culture, and some things to do on rainy days in Ilfracombe.

April 13th 2024

More reasons to stay at Ocean Backpackers Independent hostel in Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Ilfracombe boasts burgeoning arts scene and is briming with Artists and galleries selling work to suit all budgets, including Forty-three, a co-operative on fore street where talented local artisan makers can sell their beautiful products.

May is when we have our annual Art Trail which is an independent collaboration of artists, artisans and galleries all located in Ilfracombe, mostly within a 20-minute walk of the High Street. The Art Trail provides an opportunity to visit venues of your choice, talk to artists and of course purchase art if you want to.
For those of you that didn’t know, Ilfracombe is home to Verity, a stainless steel and bronze statue created by Damien Hirst. The 20-metre-tall sculpture stands on the pier at the entrance to the harbour in Ilfracombe, looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales. The name of the piece refers to “truth” and Hirst describes his work as a “modern allegory of truth and justice”.
Verity was erected in 2012, after Hirst, who owns a property in the neighbouring Combe martin, responded to the town’s tourism drive and offered a work on a twenty-year loan.

Overlooking Verity and the historic harbour, is St Nicholas Chapel
perched on Lantern Hill. Reported to be the oldest working lighthouse in the country, it was first built in the 14th Century and was named St Nicholas after the patron saint of sailors.
Dating back to 1321 the chapel was built as a place of worship for the seafarers of Ilfracombe living and working around the harbour. If you want to learn more about the history of this charming town then you can join Devon History Tours who offer guided tours and an insight into its colourful past! They even offer Ghost Tours if the paranormal is more your thing.

For all literary fans there is the annual Appledore Book Festival
In September. Appledore is a pretty village at the mouth of the river Torridge, about 17 miles from Ilfracombe. If you are not driving don’t worry, the number 21A bus will take you there (eventually) from the harbour area. It is also the home of Appledore Shipbuilders and Hocking’s Ice Cream.

The festival is becoming one of the biggest cultural festivals in Devon, attracting world-class authors, speakers, and performers. Run almost exclusively by a team of volunteers, who do everything from stewarding the events to adorning the village with bunting, the festival is a unique experience.

If you are more of a live music fan, then you will love Gold coast Oceanfest an annual music and surf festival in Croyde in mid-June.

There are several pubs in the harbour area including The Pier and the George & Dragon that host bands throughout the week and the Grampus in Lee has an open mic every Friday evening.

Ilfracombe also boasts its own Theatre. The Landmark Theatre is
a controversial double conical design. It was built to replace The Pavilion Theatre, a Victorian building partly destroyed in a fire during the 1980s and later demolished. Love it or hate it, the Landmark is a great space and promotes the arts, including dance, drama, literature, music and song, in North Devon and also houses the Tourist information centre and a café with exceptional sea views.

Ilfracombe has a multiscreen cinema that shows live theatre performances as well as popular films. The cinema has a licence and offers plenty snacks so you can really make an evening or afternoon of it on a rainy day.

Believe it or not, Ilfracombe also has an Aquarium that has local aquatic exhibits and is an award winning local educational attraction. It is located in the old lifeboat house in the pier in the Harbour.

If you are looking something a bit different, Ilfracombe has its very own museum located in an historic building next to the theatre. This museum houses some unusual finds, such as a shrunken head and a collection of pickled bats. First opened in August 1932 Ilfracombe Museum has eight rooms for you to explore, with almost 28,000 items in the collection including natural history, Victoriana, taxidermy, local history and much, much more. This is a great place to take young children on a rainy day.
Another interesting fact about this picturesque seaside town is that is has its own Chocolate Emporium that produces exquisite, award-winning handmade chocolates and is a both a shop and museum. It also offers tutorials and workshops through the year so could prove another welcome distraction on a rainy day!
A short drive or bus ride away:
Combe Martin Dinosaur & Wildlife Park and another great activity for younger children. A family run park set in a Combe Martin valley over 28 acres of spectacular gardens and as well as wolves, sea lions, African lion, primates, penguins to name a few, they are known for their impressive life size animatronic dinosaurs & gigantic Dinosaurus Playzone!
Watermouth Castle Family theme Park.
A Victorian Castle full of eclectic treasures, vintage curios, rides, play areas and beautiful landscaped gardens.

A little further afield but well worth a visit:
The The Milky Way adventure theme park and North Devon Wake Park with its floating inflatable adventure playground!

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Active Adventure Holidays on the breath-taking North Devon coast.

March 21st 2024

Ocean Backpackers is a family-owned independent hostel located in the harbour area of Ilfracombe on the beautiful North Devon coast. The perfect base from which to explore the most magnificent beaches and world-renowned surfing this area has to offer. Read on to find a million other reasons to book a visit.

Ocean Backpackers Independent hostel is the perfect base from which to explore the most magnificent beaches this area has to offer. North Devon is now a designated World Surfing Reserve, alongside other iconic protected surfing locations around the world, and home to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The majestic sandy Beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands are all short car or bus ride away.

Based in the picturesque harbour are of Ilfracombe, Ocean Backpackers is surrounded by a dramatic landscape and sits on the edge of Exmoor National Park, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

Ilfracombe has a harbour beach, and a Victorian tidal pool and Hele Bay offers great swimming for open water enthusiasts. Boats leave the harbour daily on short wildlife, fishing, and diving trips, while the Oldenburg leaves twice a week to Lundy Island throughout the summer.

There are also many water sports on offer such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and Coasteering, making Ocean backpackers super convenient for an activity break.

The Southwest Coast Path runs through the town and is best walked between March and October. And if your preferred method of transport is two wheels, then you’ll be interested to know that the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 27, the 99-mile Devon Coast to Coast route from Ilfracombe to Plymouth, combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of West Country rivers. Many sections are traffic-free and flat, making them ideal for families or less experienced cyclists.

Ilfracombe boasts burgeoning arts scene and is briming with Artists and galleries selling work to suit all budgets. In May there is an annual Arts Trail which is an independent collaboration of artists, artisans and galleries all located in Ilfracombe, mostly within a 20-minute walk of the High Street.

Ilfracombe is also home to Verity, a stainless steel and bronze statue created by Damien Hirst. The 20-metre-tall sculpture stands on the pier at the entrance to the harbour in Ilfracombe, looking out over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales.

Overlooking Verity and the historic harbour, is St Nicholas’ Chapel
Is perched on Lantern Hill. Reported to be the oldest working lighthouse in the country, it was first built in the 14th Century and was named St Nicholas after the patron saint of sailors.
Dating back to 1321 the chapel was built as a place of worship for the seafarers of Ilfracombe living and working around the harbour.

north devon coast showing cliff paths and boats in a distant harbour
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Make Ilfracombe your next holiday destination

December 20th 2023

A combination of the wallet-friendly, super comfortable accommodation at Ocean Backpackers and the fantastic choice of activities for all ages in and around Ilfracombe make for the perfect mini-break or holiday.

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seagull over ilfracombe harbour at sunset taken by Lydia roverts
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