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

Call Chris and Abby on 01271 867835 Mob: 07866 667716


Ocean Backpackers is situated close to Ilfracombe's picturesque harbour. This cool, clean and friendly hostel offers excellent facilities for walkers, cyclists, surfers, divers as well as families, schools and activity groups. Facilities include a self-catering kitchen, dining area, communal lounge with free internet/WiFi, large storage basement, patio area and free car park. Nestled in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Ilfracombe has many shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants.The harbour became home to Damien Hirst's statue, Verity, in 2012 and is rapidly becoming an arts destination. Ilfracombe is the start of the Route 27 Coast to Coast ride to Plymouth and the South West Coast Path provides wonderful walks with stunning scenery that take your breath away! It is just a short drive to the sandy surf beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton and the spectacular Exmoor National Park. We welcome groups of all sizes that enjoy the buzz of a Backpackers and have a love of the great outdoors! Dog friendly rooms available on request. Weekly discounts are available and the whole hostel can be hired for exclusive use. This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.


  • Rooms & Beds:

    54:- 1x8, 5x6, 1 x single, 2 x double, 3 x double & bunk
  • Open:

    March-Nov. Reception 9-12 noon and 4pm-10pm. No curfew.
  • Price per night:

    Dorm beds £13-£20pp. Double/twin rooms £45-£50 per room.
  • Booking:

    Booking advised but not essential.
  • 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 then bus to Ilfracombe.
  • Walks:

    Long Distance Walkers AssociationLong Distance Walks

This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is by the sea, is available to individuals, gives a Best Price Guarantee, is an 'Eco Hostel', has a pub within walking distance and is on the SW Coast Path and the City, Backpacker and Boutique Hostels map.


aMixed dormitories
bSingle sex dormitories
cPrivate rooms
&Family rooms
dBedding provided
gFully heated
oMeals available locally
kSelf catering facilities
'Bike/equipment store (lockable)
iDrying room
pClothes washing facilities
sComputer with internet
tWithin 1 mile of NCN
ZDogs by arrangement
9Best Price Guarantee


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Latest Blog about Ocean Backpackers

Ocean Backpackers: School Trips to North Devon

March 23rd 2016

School and college groups regularly base their school trip to North Devon at Ocean Backpackers, returning year after year. From university surf clubs riding the waves to educational trips for geography students.

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Great advice to guests from Ocean Backpackers

September 11th 2018

Read more to find out why you should always book direct at an Independent Hostel

Ocean Backpackers explain why it is always best to book direct in their most recent blog. The blog is a great read and explains all the reasons why you should avoid booking.com, hostelworld and the other large booking sites, when arranging your accommodation.

Read Book Direct Blog here.

This fantastic seaside town hostel is easy to spot in it’s Independent Hostel signage.  On the blog Ocean Backpackers makes the very useful point that if you need to compare accommodation and still want to book direct you can do this on the Independent Hostels website where “booking buttons link direct to the hostels’ own booking systems

Ilfracombe is famous for its pretty harbour, great surf beaches and Damien Hirst’s Verity statue.  A must visit on any tour of the UK!  Book a stay at Ocean Backpackers now and take time to explore the excellent surf beaches, the famous South West Coast Path and  Exmoor National park.

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Ilfracombe- the seaside town with a vibe!

March 14th 2018

Located at the hub of exciting outdoor adventures!

Ocean Backpackers is located in the seaside town of Ilfracombe, close to the picturesque Harbour. Almost neighboring Ilfracombe is the, just as delightful, seaside town of Woolacombe, and nearby to them both are the famous South West Coast Path and Route 27 coast-to-coast track! Croyde and Saunton are home to excellent surf beaches- Ocean Backpackers offers equipment stores and drying rooms for your boards and gear :). The Exmoor National park is home to outstandingly beautiful nature and purifying fresh air: seaside breezes! 


Ocean Backpackers - South West Coast Path - Route 27 coast-to-coast track - Woolacombe - Ilfracombe - Surf beaches - Exmoor National Park

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February 22nd 2018

Plan your Easter stay-cation at Ocean Backpackers, Ilfracombe!

Ocean Backpackers is offering a SPECIAL DEAL for the Easter weekend to all Independent Hostel Guide followers! The offer is open from the 30th March until the 2nd April 2018.

Book a private room or dorm and receive 10% off your stay if you book directly by ringing us on 01271 867835. Just quote OBEASTER10 at the time of booking!




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