Ilfracombe & North Devon Delights 8 Days-Imperial
Ilfracombe nestles around a harbour as old and as beautiful as any in Britain with the breathtaking scenery of North Devon as a backdrop. For the energetic there are splendid walks along the Coastal Path, the famous Torrs walks or swimming from the Tunnel beaches and coves. For those who like to take things a bit easier, one can simply stroll through the delightful gardens or while away an hour or two watching the ever-changing harbour scene. A boat trip is a "must" during your stay to see the spectacular cliffs of North Devon or visit the legendary Isle of Lundy. There is also plenty to do in the evenings with theatre, concerts, and cinema, as well as the entertainment provided at our hotel.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward Travel
Day 2 - Bideford & RHS Rosemoor
Once Britain’s third largest port, Bideford today is home to a thriving shopping centre with an historic Pannier Market holding both produce and craft markets twice a week. Discover the many antique shops that are scattered amongst the narrow backstreets or explore the tree-lined quay which still bustles with activity. We continue to visit RHS Rosemoor. This enchanting garden curated by the Royal Horticultural Society offers a different experience every season: spectacular cherry trees in blossom for spring, the iconic Hot Garden ablaze with colour in summer and the fiery colours of autumn throughout the woodland walks. /n
Day 3 - Exmoor - Minehead & Lynmouth
Enjoy the spectacular moorlands and dramatic coastline of Exmoor National Park. We visit Minehead – a traditional seaside resort with an historic fishing quarter and harbour, 14th century church and wonderful seaside attractions. We continue to the picturesque village of Lynmouth where rows of charming fishing cottages and shops cluster around the pretty harbour. Why not enjoy spectacular views of the coast with a trip on the funicular railway?/n
Day 4 - Day at Leisure
Day 5 - Day at Leisure
Day 6 - Barnstaple & Woolacombe
The largest town in North Devon, Barnstaple offers something for everyone. The Pannier Market plays host to a range of events with regular markets, the independent shops of Butcher’s Row as well as multiple heritage trails taking in the town’s impressive architecture including the 17th Century alms houses, the Old Bridge and pretty churches. We also visit the seaside town of Woolacombe who’s expansive beach has been voted one of the top 20 beaches in the world!/n
Day 7 - Day at Leisure
Day 8 - Return Travel
Situated in one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, The Imperial Hotel is overlooking the gardens and splendid Landmark Theatre and Conference Centre. Close to the shops and only a short almost level walk from the harbour. There are 100 rooms, each with central heating and a bath or shower and WC. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, intercom, hair dryer and TV with radio channels. There is also a TV lounge, attractive cosy bar and lounge area. Dance floor where entertainment is provided most evenings. Lift to all floors although the majority of rooms are three stairs above the lift floor levels.