The South West region of England is renowned for its incredible coastline and series of natural harbours which have contributed immeasurably to the maritime history and culture of the region and the nation. Among these is the harbour town and seaside resort of Ilfracombe, situated in the Bristol Channel on the northern coast of Devon. Surrounded by cliffs, the town cuts a picturesque scene and is a popular visitor destination with a well celebrated history and culture and many contemporary attractions and facilities. Ilfracombe hotels offer a variety of accommodation options for lone travellers, couples and families looking to enjoy all the town has to offer.
The town has been inhabited since ancient times as evidenced by the popular attraction of the Iron Age Celtic fortress which sits on Hillsborough Hill overlooking the town. Another notable attraction is St Nicholas's Chapel, which sits atop Lantern Hill, so named since it has been warming sea vessels off the rocks for some 600 years and as such holds the distinction of being the oldest lighthouse in the country still in operation. Ilfracombe hotels cannot promise such long histories but there is certainly some classic old hotels which evoke all the style and traditions of a bygone age and present wonderful environments for any stay in the town.
The cultural history and heritage of town is well celebrated, primarily through six carnivals which are held at various points throughout the year. These include a mayday walking festival and a week long festival in the summer in which residents don Victorian outfits and the town takes a step back in time to an age from which many of the buildings in town date. This charming Victorian character is evident in many of the Ilfracombe hotels and these grand old dames of the age offer period splendour inside and out with stylish rooms and suites and often elegant ballrooms and function spaces in which to host special celebrations or business meetings.
Once dependent on the seafaring activities for its economy, tourism is now the town's tour de force and there are some excellent bars, restaurants and boutiques to cater for high visitor numbers. One of the main contemporary attractions is the Landmark Theatre, famed as much for its striking modern twin conical structure as for its popular and well attended theatrical performances. The Lantern Community Centre is a further point of interest and hosts farmers markets biweekly. There are still seafaring activities but they too are tourist related, with popular pleasure boat trips available to Lundy Island and to the Welsh resort of Porthcawl.
The town's strong cultural heritage and links with the past are a feature of its hotels too and in addition to the grand luxury establishments there are Ilfracombe hotels which offer a more intimate traditional inn ambience. Accommodation will be of a high standard in rooms which often have period features and traditional appeal, matched by modern facilities and amenities such as en suite bathrooms and digital technology in televisions and internet connections. Some of these traditional inn properties make great venues too for weddings and functions making full use of the character of the building for photo opportunities.
An additional benefit of inns as an accommodation option is that they will have bar and lounge spaces full of local flavour and warm hospitality and often dining spaces in which to enjoy some classic pub food. There are Ilfracombe hotels to suit every taste and budget and the smaller establishments compensate for fewer leisure facilities with a warm welcome, friendly ambience and good local knowledge of all the best sights, services and attractions.