Attractions in and around Ilfracombe

Discover activities nearby during your stay at Varley House, Ilframcombe, North devon

Tunnel Beaches


Hand carved in the 1820's, the four tunnels provide a truly unique experience. Read extensive history information throughout the site – including hilarious guides to Victorian etiquette for boys, girls and for when boating with ladies!

Learn how local entrepreneurs developed the tunnels and pools, and transformed Ilfracombe from a small fishing village into a popular seaside tourist resort.

Ilfracombe Aquarium


Ilfracombe Aquarium is an award-winning, all-weather, educational attraction located in the Old Lifeboat House alongside Ilfracombe’s picturesque and historic harbour. The town is found on the dramatic North Devon coast 20 minutes drive from Barnstaple, set amongst the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The aquarium provides a fascinating insight into the wonders of the aquatic world found locally around North Devon.

Its beautiful exhibits are carefully recreated natural habitats, providing home to over 75 species, some of which for many visitors, have never been seen before.

The Aquarium is within a mile of excellent accommodation at Varley House Guest House in Ilfracombe