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coming in june

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coming in june

hi all coming down for a week in june and will be staying at widmouth farm cottages.

just 2 of us in our 50s and a small dog.

looking for things to do places to visit,i know widcombe has its own private beach for the dog and hubby likes to fish.

any recomendations places to visit,eat and for hubby to have a beer in night. obviuosly dog friendly.

we will have a car but don't want to spend too much time driving there.

look forward to reading your thoughts

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1. Re: coming in june

Ilfracombe has been quite rejuvenated in recent years (although the High St is still quite faded) and there are lots of pubs and eateries. At least two good tapas places, a good Indian resturant (near the Landmark theartre) and Damien Hurst's place is well regarded.

For pubs, the harbour is the best area and there is a North Devon CAMRA winner in the Ship and Pilot and the new-ish Whetherspoons is popular. Only one to avoid is the Grapes.

Visiting:

Arlington Court for walks

The south west coast path in the area

Combe Martin beach

Lynmouth, Lynmouth and Watersmeet for walks

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Let's be nice, but even the well-known get visits from the council. The High St pubs have had a bit of a facelift and a new Indian pub/buffet., There are no really terrible Pubs in Ilfracombe, they deserve a better rep and more patronage; Wetherspoons has put up its prices and cancelled Sunday lunches, the Pubs have character , real locals, and they can be good. Avoid the High St Market passage and side streets. The Ilfracombe Graveyard Group have transformed Holy Trinity Church yard, it's currently beautiful and the Church will probably be open. See Ilfracombe and its people as they are, not the tourist/commercial hype.

Most of the sights and hidden gems like the Churches and Museum (excellent archives and collection) aren't packed, the walkways and cliffs with great views are usually quiet : a lot of visitors spend their time in Wetherspoons. Try Fore Street, restaurants and pubs, the Prince of Wales or the George and Dragon. The Quay is very lively in holiday periods, have a look at the RNLI. Notice a few incongruous Chinese restaurants, good all the same. Try Dolly's Cafe for a great experience and sea views; there is a decent bar and restaurant on the promenade. Ilfracombe Museum is a must, with wonderful staff. You can get good Fish and Chips in season. Visit the Tunnel Beaches, and have a look at the weird shaped Landmark Theatre. Across from Wetherspoons used to be the old Theatre, Peter Sellers was there. Very interesting history which the Museum can help with.

Great in season, enjoy.

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thanks guys do these places allow dogs ? fancy the arlington court as been there many years ago.

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Yes, it's mentioned on this site. Just remember the pick up bags though I think we're all good about that now.

lotstodo.co.uk/attractions/…arlington-court

I see it says not the tea room. There is an outdoor area at the cafe not sure about that. It's a bit pricey and if you wanted to bring a picnic there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy.

Love this place. Really interesting and extensive grounds. It's very 'alive' compared to some places. You can sometimes get a carriage ride round the grounds (not the dog I suspect ;-)

There is plenty of fishing and boat trips and some to see seals and the coast, a small but excellent aquarium of what may be found in the Bristol Chanel. They do good, award winning pasties there too. And fresh sea food on the harbour

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