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

Call Chris and Abby 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:

    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 and has a pub within walking distance. It is on the Re-opening for Summer 2020 page, the list of hostels who helped in the time of CoVid-19, the map of accommodation for school groups, the The Dartmoor National Park & Exmoor National Park map, the IHUK signage page, the City, Backpacker and Boutique Hostels map, the SW Coast Path and the Visit Britain COVID-19 Risk Assessment Good to Go scheme.

It has availability at Autumn Half Term, May Bank Holiday, Easter, Spring Bank Holiday and Whitsun Half Term and August Bank Holiday.


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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Ocean Backpackers is ‘Good To Go!!’

July 3rd 2020

Opening on the 10th July, we have recently 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 is closed at present due to current 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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Ocean Backpackers is opening for September and October 2020 staycations

June 24th 2020

Ocean Backpackers has re-opened and we cannot wait to welcome you to our beautiful spot here in North Devon!

We have been working hard to make sure that your stay will be as safe as possible. Here are a few of the changes in place:
*private rooms only (can be booked by a solo traveller, couples, families and those in a social bubble)
*enhanced cleaning measures
*social distancing measures
*reduced hostel capacity
*self-contained top floor (sleeps 11) available for exclusive hire
For further details, see our website or contact us directly to discuss your holiday plans!
Book your stay-cation with us today! North Devon is waiting to welcome you!

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Abby from Ocean Backpackers is proud to be part of our amazing NHS !

May 15th 2020

I re-trained as a Radiographer over the winter months after 16 years away! I got my registration back just last week and I am now working at my local hospital.

I left Diagnostic Radiography in 2004. I was combining working as a Radiographer in the winter with running the Ocean Backpackers Hostel for the summer season-but then our son and daughter came along and it all got a bit much!

Last year, with the kids now teenagers-I decided I was up for the challenge of re-training and it was time to go back into the caring profession!

Can’t believe the timing, but I am now part of the amazing Radiology team at our local hospital, helping with the fight against the Coronavirus……..16 years after I last took an x-ray!!!

Read about what other hostels are doing to help their local community.


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