Tunnels Beach (Ilfracombe)
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.
Type of beach
Sand & shingle
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.
- Diving & snorkelling
- Good fishing
- First aid point
- Childrens play area
- Deck chair hire
- Picnic area
OS grid ref.
SS 5148 4784
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Tunnels Beach (Ilfracombe) Reviews
PamJun 18th 2022
Had a lovely visit to the tunnels beaches yesterday. Wedding in next beach was quiet and unobtrusive. All facilities clean and staff friendly. Had a nice swim and also hired deck chairs, very reasonable. Thank you, unusual day out, will be back!
AligSep 07th 2021
Visited initially on 05/09/21 , & really enjoyed swimming there. On 06/09, when the tide was approaching high water, I thought that there was an unpleasant odour, which was in no way apparent or detectable the previous day. I wondered if anyone had any suggestions, as to why this may have been so?
Taken over by corporate weddings
The Tunnels beaches have been taken over by a very busy corporate wedding company. The largest beach has noisy weddings on most days, music and BBQ smoke!! Not nice. The other bay is small and absolutely tiny when tide is in. Gets extremely crowded and busy, really unpleasant and is not worth the entrance fee!