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

Call Alex and Gavin on 01271 867835

Self catering, group accommodation in Ilfracombe

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 and outdoor patio area. 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. 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:

    47: mix of dorms / family rooms
  • Open:

    All year (groups only Dec-Feb inclusive). Check in 4pm to 7pm.
  • Price per night:

    Dorm beds start at £25pp. Double/twin rooms from £66 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
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This accommodation is available at the following peak times

Available Spring Bank Holiday or Whitson Half Term 2022 Available August Bank Holiday 2022 Available Autumn Half Term 2022 Available Easter 2023 Available May Day Bank Holiday 2023


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
ZDogs by arrangement


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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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Activity Holidays don’t need to be expensive.

March 10th 2020

Come to Ocean Backpackers in llfracoombe, North Devon for a fun filled holiday.

Affordable activity holidays in North Devon

With lots of activities on the doorstep suitable for all the family you are sure of a holiday to remember. Staying at our great value, award winning hostel means you will have lot more of your holiday budget to spend on exciting activities.

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Party by the beach!

January 22nd 2020

Sun, sand and water sports. Here at Ocean Backpackers its all possible. The best part is you don’t even have to go abroad.

We welcome stag and hen groups. Larger groups are encouraged to book the backpackers for sole use, so that they can fully enjoy themselves without having to worry about disturbing other guests. There is the option to use the kitchen to cook up a storm or local restaurants can be booked so a gourmet meal can be enjoyed! There are plenty of activity providers in the local area who can arrange surf lessons, kayaking, coasteering, horse riding, quad biking, fishing etc for stag and hen groups and we are very happy to offer recommendations!

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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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