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

Call Alex and Gavin on 01271 867835 or 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.


  • Beds & Rooms:

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

    Closed due to Covid restrictions. Re-opening April 2021
  • Price per night:

    Dorm beds £15-£20pp. Double/twin rooms £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 Hostels on the Tarka Trail South West Coast Path
This accommodation is featured on the following pages
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Autumn Half Term 2021 Available Easter 2022 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2022 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022


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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News & Offers from Ocean Backpackers

Our wonderful friendly hostel in Ilfracombe is re-opening

February 24th 2021

Ocean Backpackers will be opening on the 17th May 2021 with some Government restrictions still in place (see website.) We will be accepting groups from the 21st June 2021.


Ocean Backpackers is ‘Good To Go!!’

July 3rd 2020

Opening on 17th May 2021, we have received ‘Good to go’ certification from Visit Britain Tourist Board!

Please go to our website to read a lot more information about all the extra measures we have put in place for the health and safety of our staff and guests…….but also to wet your appetite for a great stay-cation in our beautiful part of North Devon! Private double, family and dorm rooms (all en-suite) can be booked by up to 6 people of one household and we also have a top floor apartment for rent to two households (4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen.) Unfortunately, our communal kitchen may be closed due to covid restrictions but we are in the hub of the Harbour surrounded by cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops and takeaways. Book you stay today!!

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Walkers, cyclists and surfers will love Ocean Backpackers

June 24th 2020

Cool, clean, friendly and fantastic value. It’s close to the start of the South West Coast Path, the NCN 27 aka the Coast to Coast Ilfracombe to Plymouth cycle route and great surfing beaches.

Get active in the daytime and enjoy the buzz of the hostel and the vibrant town of Illfracombe by night. Choose spacious private rooms, self-cater or eat out.  There’s lots of secure storage for bikes, boards and boots, a drying room and all bedding is provided.  Even you four legged friends are welcome too.

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Latest Blog about Ocean Backpackers

A memorable activity holiday in North Devon.

March 5th 2021

Ocean Backpackers in Ilfracombe is nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers plenty of choices for a memorable activity holiday or mini-break. With numerous activities ranging from thrilling adrenalin-filled coasteering sessions to mellow walks along the spectacular South West Coast Path.  There is something for everyone in this stunning part of the UK!

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