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.


  • 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.

It has availability at Easter.


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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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

School Residentials at Ocean Backpackers, North Devon!

September 10th 2019

Ilfracombe is the ideal location for a school residential. Sleeping up to 47 in dorms/private rooms, Ocean Backpackers -close to Ilfracombe Harbour can be booked for exclusive use any time of year!

The Independent Youth Hostel is the perfect base for a geography field trip with the Braunton Burrows Unesco Biosphere site just a short drive away. For wildlife studies, take a boat trip to Lundy Island , a marine conservation zone and for rocky shores visit Lee Bay-ideal for rock pool exploration. If it’s end of term Outdoor Adventure you are after then Ilfracombe has fantastic qualified instructors in the local area that can arrange activities such as kayaking and coasteering. Alternatively, visit Woolacombe or Croyde beach for some surf lessons with a local surf school. How better to award students for all their hard work than a few days at the beach?
School groups, universities and colleges reguarly base their school trips to North Devon at Ocean Backpackers, returning year after year for some fun filled adventures! Please see our website for more details of prices and the facilities we offer!


Book direct to benefit yourself and the local community!

August 7th 2019

Ocean Backpackers has some great advice for guests!

By booking directly, 100% of your money goes towards your service, hosts, and rooms during your stay, while external booking sites can take up to 20% in commission, growing their monopolies at the expense of small independent businesses.

Ocean Backpackers explain why it is always best to book direct in their most recent blog. The blog is a great read and explains all the reasons why you should avoid booking.com, hostelworld and the other large booking sites, when arranging your accommodation. Furthermore it enlightens you of the privileges you can expect when booking direct!

This fantastic seaside town hostel is easy to spot in it’s Independent Hostel signage. On the blog Ocean Backpackers makes the very useful point that if you need to compare accommodation and still want to book direct you can do this on the Independent Hostels website where “booking buttons link direct to the hostels’ own booking systems”

Ilfracombe is famous for its pretty harbour, great surf beaches and Damien Hirst’s Verity statue. A must visit on any tour of the UK! Book a stay at Ocean Backpackers now and take time to explore the excellent surf beaches, the famous South West Coast Path and Exmoor National park.


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