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:

    Closed due to Covid restrictions. Re-opening April 2021
  • 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 is featured on the following pages
Close to a pub Dog Friendly We’re Good to Go Helping others during the Corona Virus pandemic By the Sea Large Hostels Urban Hostels Accommodation for Cyclists Available Easter 2021 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2021 Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2021 Private Rooms Available to Individuals South West Coast Path Dartmoor & Exmoor Available Autumn Half Term 2020 School Groups IHUK Signage


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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News & Offers from Ocean Backpackers

Ocean Backpackers is now closed for the winter. Re-opening April 2021

October 22nd 2020

Sadly we have decided to close our lovely hostel for the winter. We will reopen in April when we look forward to welcoming guests to this wonderful part of the world.

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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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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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