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 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 and the SW Coast Path.


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

April 3rd 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!!!


A breath of fresh air in North Devon!

March 13th 2020

Ocean Backpackers, Ilfracombe -a fabulous destination for your coastal stay-cation!

Ocean Backpackers is the ideal home from home for your spring stay-cation this Easter! Situated close to Ilfracombe Harbour and surrounded by stunning coastal scenery-it’s a fabulous place to come with all the family or a group of friends to relax and unwind. Take a stroll along the amazing Woolacombe beach, enjoy a cliff top walk along the South West Coast Path or bring your bikes and ride miles of off road tracks along the Tarka Trail. Alternatively, take a day trip to Exmoor, Clovelly, Croyde and many other Devonian delights. We have a wide range of accommodation available from single rooms to family rooms that sleep 5. All at budget prices! The whole Backpackers is also available for groups of up to 48 to hire for exclusive use too-so if you are looking for a cool venue to host a gathering to celebrate fun and friendship and to create some very happy memories-then we are the place for you! Contact us via email to check availability or book on-line through our website today!


Shake the winter blues with a trip to the seaside this Easter

January 7th 2020

Ocean Backpackers remains one of the few “true” backpacker hostels left. Maintaining the idea that independent travel should be about meeting new people, sharing stories and having a good time. Plus what better place to spend the Easter holiday than the sunny beaches of Devon

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 provide an authentic hostel experience right in the center 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 in Ilfracombe, the main centerpiece of the town being a large statue built by artist Damian Hirst. In the same vein the town hosts 8 art galleries, so for something a bit different this Easter Ocean Backpackers is happy to have you.

View of Ilfracombe

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