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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News & Offers from Ocean Backpackers

No family rooms left here at Ocean Backpackers for the dates you want??-Grab yourself a six bed dorm instead!

July 21st 2019

Our family rooms are getting booked up swiftly this summer with families looking to spend some quality time together by the sea!! But do not despair………….

Email or ring us directly for some great deals on our en-suite 6 bedded dorms that can be hired for exclusive use! There’s plenty of activities here in Ilfracombe for all the family! Check out our website for details! Don’t forget the “SeaIlfracombe” Festival on the 1st and 2nd September 2019 too!

Special Offer


July 7th 2019

We have an exciting position for a volunteer to come and join our small, friendly Hostel team from 9th August for around three weeks! Ideal for any bored student looking for a summer of fun!

Work involves housekeeping/reception work in exchange for accommodation-with plenty of time to enjoy all that Ilfracombe and the surrounding area have to offer! So if you are a people person, enjoy Hostel life and have a love the great outdoors…..Please drop us an asap email and we can give you more details- info@oceanbackpackers.co.uk


Stay at Ocean Backpackers for the Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival 2019!

June 20th 2019

The annual Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival takes place just behind Ocean Backpackers on the 31st August/ 1st September 2019. This free family festival is a unique celebration of all things maritime!

There’s a great line up of live music, family entertainment , local art and crafts, fine food and beer stalls and plenty of pirating mayhem with the notorious Captain Sparrow and chums! All taking place in and around the fabulous location of Ilfracombe’s picturesque Harbour! So book your accommodation at Ocean Backpackers today and come and join in all the fun!


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