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Tunnels Beach (Ilfracombe)

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Tunnels Beach (Ilfracombe) - Devon

© Gareth James and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A network of tunnels, hand-carved in the early nineteenth century, leads to a selection of sheltered sand and shingle beaches and a Victorian tidal swimming pool. The beaches, which are backed by cliffs, can only be accessed via the tunnels, for which an entrance fee is charged. There is a landscaped picnic area with benches and parasols, sunbed and wetsuit hire and a cafe-bar with a terrace.

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • First aid point
  • Childrens play area
  • Shop
  • Deck chair hire
  • Picnic area

Nearest town



EX34 8AX

OS grid ref.

SS 5148 4784

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award