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Ilfracombe - Tunnels Beach Beach

Ilfracombe, Devon

The main beach is formed by an expanse of grey sand and shingle and is backed by cliffs. A network of hand carved tunnels leads to sheltered beaches and a Victorian tidal bathing pool. Entrance fees apply.

Beach Type

Sand and shingle


Toilets and baby changing facilities
First aid
Gift shop
Snack bar
Cafe bar and terrace
French boules pitch
Children's play area with games
Landscaped picnic areas with benches and parasols
Deck chair
Sun bed and wetsuit hire available


Rock pooling and sun bathing

Nature and Wildlife

Walk through the network of 4 tunnels now possible at night due to newly installed lighting.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

All beaches and coves are cleaned daily by the owners and there are litter bins provided. but are allowed through the tunnels.


Dogs are banned from the beach from 1st May to 31st October. Outside of these times dogs must be kept on the lead. and dog.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre The Landmark The Seafront Ilfracombe Tel: 0845 4583630


Nearest town: Ilfracombe
County: Devon
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2095, -4.12691
Postcode: EX34 8AX
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Ilfracombe, Devon at Explore Britain.


M5 to the Southwest. A361 then follow sign posts to Ilfracombe. Access to beach by pavement through the tunnels.

Public Transport

Nearest bus station is Ilfracombe. nearest train station is Barnstable.

Nearest Railway Stations

Barnstaple (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


30 pay spaces are available at the beach entrance with an extra several 100 spaces within 150m.

Nearby Car Parks

Palmerston, Ilfracombe (Unknown stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Jubilee Gardens Old Baths, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Brookdale, Ilfracombe (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Jubilee Gardens, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Wilder Road, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
High Street, Ilfracombe (Unknown stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Oxford Grove, Ilfracombe (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Cove, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Pier, Ilfracombe (Short stay).
About 0.7 miles away
Marine Drive, Ilfracombe (Long stay).
About 0.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Ilfracombe