North Devon Delights, Ilfracombe
No need to use the car as there are a number of attractions within walking distance including the award-winning Ilfracombe Aquarium, the unique Tunnels Beaches, fascinating Ilfracombe Museum, Larkstone Leisure Park, Hele Cornmill and Chambercombe Manor, one of Britain's most haunted houses. There are many fine and award winning beaches, from secluded coves to the wide stretches of golden sand with crashing surf. For a unique beach experience visit 'The Tunnels' in Ilfracombe, holders of a blue flag and seaside award or Hele Bay to the east of the town also award winners, for good bathing and rock pool exploring
We travel South to Ilfracombe, with comfort stops on the way you should arrive at your hotel with time to settle in before your evening meal.
Today we have set aside for you to enjoy all Ilfracombe has to offer, Ilfracombe is a popular holiday town on the North Devon coast. It started life as a small fishing village but expanded into a beach resort in the Victorian era, particularly after the arrival of the railway.
This morning we visit the Marina to take a cruise on the Ilfracombe Princess, Passing Brandy Cove, Breakneck Point, Fresh Waterfall, Lee Village, Bull Point Lighthouse, Rockham Bay, Morte Stone and passing into Woolacombe Bay with views to Baggy Point, Croyde Bay, Barnstaple Bay, Hartland Point & Lighthouse & Lundy Island. Seals and Porpoises regularly sighted! This afternoon we head to Barnstaple for the Pannier antiques and collectables market. With a proud history and tradition the market has been voted amongst the top ten food markets in the country and any visit will bring the chance to enjoy this famous old building and to sample the friendly atmosphere generated by the traders and shoppers alike.
After breakfast we visit Chambercombe Manor & Gardens, Set in a secluded valley, nestling snugly near the Heritage Coast of Ilfracombe, North Devon, the Manor House is thought to date from the 11th century and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It still retains much of its original architecture and is in a wonderful state of preservation. The earliest record they have of it was in the possession of Sir Henry Champernon, who was Lord of the Manor of Ilfracombe in 1162, but there is mention of one owner Robert Fitzroy soon after the Norman Conquest. A guided tour will take you through the houses history, and if you're lucky maybe you will experience the paranormal as this is one of the top 10 haunted houses in the country and has been featured on the TV programme, Most Haunted.
We depart the hotel for our return journey to Lincolnshire, with comfort stops enroute.
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