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

Call Alex and Gavin on 07775 501878 or 01271 867835

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.

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


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


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Here’s why winter blues are OUT and beachy holidays are IN this Easter

January 23rd 2023

Ocean Backpackers in Ilfracombe, Devon is a quality hostel suitable for solo traveler’s, couples, families and groups of all ages. With lovely communal spaces Ocean Backpackers promotes he idea that independent travel should be about meeting new people, sharing stories and having a good time.

After a long winter it can often feel like you’d be lucky to see the sun again. But fortunately spring is just right around the corner. Ocean Backpackers provides a quality hostel experience right in the centre of Ilfracombe. Dorms and private rooms are available for any type of traveler, whether you’re backpacking or just off for a weekend away. There’s plenty to see and do in Ilfracombe, and the surrounding area. The town itself is home to large statue Damian Hirst statue and has a burgeoning arts scene, with 8 galleries. It is also home to Tunnels beaches and an amazing victorian tidal pool. If walking is your thing, the South West Coastal Path runs through Ilfracombe and the walks in both directions to stunning. The Hostel is also the perfect place to start (or finish) the Coast to Coast cycle route to/from Plymouth. It’s a short drive to 3 outstanding surf beaches, Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton sands. With Exmoor also on the door step, why not try something a bit different this Spring.


Fancy a bracing sea swim on Christmas, or New Years day?

October 1st 2022

Ocean Backpackers is situated on the stunning North Devon Coast and is Ideal for smaller groups up to 12 or larger groups up to 44, we have a mixture family rooms, dorms, doubles and one single. With a great communal living space and commercial style self-catering kitchen there is plenty space and equipment to host groups.

Ilfracombe is a picturesque Harbour town on the North Devon coast and the south west coastal path runs through it. A short drive to the magnificent beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands, and close to Exmoor too, there is no shortage of places to go for stunning winter walks.
We have plenty of storage for bikes boards and wetsuits. We also have a drying room for coats and walking boots.

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You’ll be amazed at what Ilfracombe has to offer

June 1st 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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