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Ilfracombe is a beautiful seaside resort on the North Devon coast. It has a small harbour, surrounded by cliffs.

Ilfracombe stretches along the coast from the 'Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along the Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is quite hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet above sea level. Hillsborough Hill dominates the harbour and is the site of an Iron Age fortified settlement. In the built environment, the architectural-award-winning Landmark Theatre is either loved or hated for its unusual double-conical design.

The 13th century parish church, Trinity, and the St Nicholas's Chapel (a lighthouse) on Lantern Hill, have been joined by the Damien Hirst statue 'Verity' as local landmarks.

A seasonal passenger ferry runs from the harbour to Lundy Island. Pleasure boats, including MV Balmoral and PS Waverley, operate cruises from Ilfracombe, including crossings to Porthcawl. 

A farmers' market is held regularly in the Lantern Community Centre on High Street. There are numerous art galleries and some interesting local shops. 

By the Landmark Theatre there is a small museum, housed in the buildings of the laundry of the former Ilfracombe Hotel.

Ilfracombe Photo © Melvyn Cobb, used under CC license.

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