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North Devon & Cornwall Coastal Explorer - September Special

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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI9186

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days


Join us on this wonderful trip to explore the spectacular coast of north Devon & Cornwall along with some of it's most special places. 
Early September is arguably the best time of year to holiday in this part of the UK. The mad rush of July & August's tourists has largely disappeared, the sea temperatures have benefitted from the warmth of the summer sun, and holiday prices are lower. If you fancy a super September break, you're sure to enjoy all that this one has to offer.
You'll stay in the harbour town of Ilfracombe with its picturesque sandy beaches, clear waters and resort attractions. This Devon seaside favourite sits amongst a magnificent coastline with Damien Hirst’s Verity statue contrasting with the quaint pastel houses along the seafront. Ilfracombe really has something for everyone with stunning beaches, an attractive historic harbour, the famous beach tunnels, alfresco drinking and dining opportunities, independent shops as well as a thriving art gallery scene. Make sure to take a boat trip from the harbour along the spectacular coast, go seal watching or even dolphin spotting.

You'll stay at the Imperial Hotel, set in a prime location overlooking the beach and a short (almost) level walk to Ilfracombe's shops & harbour. The hotel has a bar and dance-floor, dinners are 3-course, and breakfast is full English (bacon, sausage, eggs etc). There's entertainment on most nights at the hotel, so you'll not have to venture far for a bit of music and fun. You'll have a day at leisure to discover the town at your own pace (don't forget to do that boat trip!), as well as two fabulous included excursions to explore the Devon & Cornish coasts along with some of their most picturesque towns & villages.

You'll see lush rolling countryside, the wild beauty of Exmoor National Park and the area known as 'Little Switzerland', as well as taking the stunning Atlantic Highway into Cornwall with visits to the beach resort of Bude, cute Boscastle and historic Tintagel.

An ideal choice for:
  • Anyone looking for a wonderful break in early September for under £300
  • Lovers of Devon & Cornwall seaside towns & coastal scenery
  • Anyone wanting to see Boscastle & legendary Tintagel
PRICE FROM ? £299 per person
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Day 1

Join your coach this morning, and head south and into Devon. On arrival at your hotel there is time to settle in, perhaps relax with a drink in the bar, or take a breath of sea air, before you enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 2-4

Your comfortable hotel Ilfracombe allows you to make the most of your free time to explore its beautiful location on the north Devon coast.

This Victorian seaside resort is known as the jewel in the north Devon coast. Discover a quaint quayside and harbour, whitewashed villas, lovely beaches, coastal paths. Why not visit the stunning Tunnel Beaches, hand carved in the 1820’s (by 100's of Welsh miners), providing a truly unique experience of sheltered beaches and Victorian tidal bathing pool (admission is around £3.75 (no cash taken)). There is also an abundance of shops and cafés where you could treat yourself to a delicious Devon Cream tea! Whatever you do, just make sure you leave room for your evening meals, which are followed by great entertainment on most evenings.

You can spend all of your time in and around this gorgeous resort or join our INCLUDED excursions to experience some of the beauty that the region has to offer.

Enjoy a full day excursion taking in the glorious scenery and inspiring landscapes of Exmoor National Park and the North Devon coast. We make our way through scenic ‘Little Switzerland’ to the popular seaside resort of Minehead, and then return along the spectacular coast road past ‘Lorna Doone’ country to the lovely twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, set one above the other, connected by the famous water operated Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. The cost of the railway is not included (around £3.50), and unless you like walking uphill, you'll need to take the railway between the twin villages. The railway is worth it though - t's a bucket list experience, being the world's highest and steepest fully water powered railway. And the views are quite magnificent. 

We enjoy another full day excursion heading along the Atlantic Highway into Cornwall. You'll stop at Bude, a seaside resort surrounded by wild coastline and gorgeous beaches, and where you’ll find plenty of places to tuck into a cream tea or an ice cream.
Then we'll then move onto Tintagel, a rugged village on the north coast of Cornwall, and steeped in legends of King Arthur. Tintagel Castle, located on the headland just outside the village is the purported birthplace of King Arthur. The dramatic ruins of the Castle, perched precariously on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, evoke a sense of historical mystery and mythic grandeur. Visitors to Tintagel can traverse the recently constructed footbridge, connecting the mainland to the island, and marvel at the stunning coastal scenery and ancient heritage. Admission costs are not included (around £19.50 if you want to go into the Castle and cross the bridge).
Finally, we turn to the Cornish fishing village of Boscastle, a picturesque natural harbour and village, mostly owned by the National Trust. The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and tea-rooms. Take time to wander along the river and enjoy some of the arts and crafts on offer here.

Day 5

After a final hearty breakfast it is time to say farewell to Ilfracombe today. Board your comfortable coach for a relaxing journey home with suitable stops on the way.


INCLUDED Visitor DestinationIlfracombe is known as the the jewel in the North Devon Coast and nestles around a harbour as old and as beautiful as any in Britain with the breathtaking scenery of North Devon as a backdrop. Commonly known as a harbour town and seaside resort, Ilfracombe is enclosed by massive slate cliffs. Its beautiful Victorian style and unspoilt charm takes you back in time. Discover the quaint quayside, whitewashed villas, lovely beaches and coastal paths.

Click here for further information on what to see and do in Ilfracombe.


Minehead, a charming coastal town located in Somerset, England, known for its scenic views of the and its sandy beach. The town is a popular tourist destination, featuring the historic West Somerset Railway and the scenic Exmoor National Park nearby. Minehead boasts a vibrant town centre with a mix of independent shops, cafes, and traditional pubs.

Lynton and Lynmouth

Picturesque Lynmouth provides an escape from modern living with its rows of charming fishing cottages and shops that cluster around the pretty harbour of gently bobbing boats. Lynton perched high above is a vibrant Victorian village retaining a quaint mix of times present and times past.

Lynton & Lynmouth are elegantly connected by the cliff railway, the highest and steepest fully water powered Victorian railway in the World!

North Cornwall Coastal Explorer - Bude, Tintagel & Boscastle

As you wind through the scenic coastal road of the Atlantic Highway, the rugged cliffs and panoramic sea views provide a breathtaking backdrop.
We continue on to the charming town of Bude. Here, the magnificent golden sandy beaches and rolling waves welcome you to a haven of seaside tranquillity. With its laid-back atmosphere, you can stroll along the promenade, breathe in the fresh sea air, and perhaps indulge in some local delights.
Onto Tintagel, a picturesque village on the rugged coast of Cornwall, and famous for its association with the legendary King Arthur and the enchanting Tintagel Castle (admission extra). Tourists can explore the dramatic ruins perched on a cliff, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. The village itself is filled with charming shops, cozy cafes, and local pubs, providing a warm welcome to visitors.
Upon reaching Boscastle, you'll be captivated by its timeless charm. For many years this was the only accessible harbour in over 40 miles of craggy coastline and is full of history. Nestled in a steep valley, this fishing village invites exploration of its winding streets, the picturesque harbour, and the dramatic cliffs that frame the coast. The enchanting atmosphere of Boscastle, coupled with its quaint cottages and historical significance, makes it a truly immersive coastal experience.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast and evening meals
  • Entertainment most evenings
  • Free time to explore Ilfracombe
  • North Devon Coastal Explorer
  • North Cornwall Coastal Explorer
  • Direct Coach Travel
  • Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
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The Imperial Hotel, Ilfracombe Ilfracombe, Devon

The Imperial Hotel in Ilfracombe is a historic seaside establishment renowned for its Victorian charm. The Imperial occupies one of the best positions in Ilfracombe, overlooking Wildersmouth beach and the splendid Landmark Theatre and Conference Centre. The hotel is close to the High Street and only a short, almost level walk from the harbour. Originally built in 1863, the Imperial has retained its grandeur with elegant architecture and period features, offering guests a glimpse into the town's rich heritage.
The hotel boasts comfortable rooms, some with sea views (subject to availability and at a supplement), complemented by modern amenities. Its restaurant serves up a delightful mix of local seafood and traditional British dishes, catering to diverse tastes. You also find a comfortable bar, dance floor and entertainment on most nights.
Situated near Ilfracombe's attractions like the Damien Hirst statue and picturesque harbour, the Imperial Hotel offers a quintessential British coastal retreat experience.
For more information, click here for the hotel website (opens in a new window)
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