Tunnels Beaches – an extraordinarily cove for swimming, Ilfracombe, England, UK

June 26th, 2013

England west coast provides many beautiful small seaside resorts. You will find an extraordinarily beach in Ilfracombe there a path leads to two small coves through a series of tunnels.

Now almost 200 years ago residents of Ilfracombe put the tunnel through the rock. Within two years, they built several passages to the sea. Thus created, two beaches for the ladies and a beach for men. In the following times also smugglers happily used the direct access through the tunnel to the beach.

Today, of course, the beach is mixed bathing, a small museum provides information about the eventful history there old photos can be admired, and a wedding pavilion invites to celebrate and dance.

The beaches are protected from the wind. Most English swimmers wear Neoprene suits because the outside temperature is barely more than 24 degrees and the water is usually around 15 degrees. Please note that during low tide swimming is not possible. Using this link, there is the latest information on the tides: Tide Timetable. Temperatures of the sea can be found here: Sea water temeratures. Maybe it’s better not to know precisely about it. Just take a bath.

Admission
Children (3-15 yrs inclusive) £1.95
Children (under 3yrs) FREE
Senior citizens/students £2.25
Adults (16 yrs +) £2.50
Family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children) £8.50
Family of 5 (2 adults & 3 children) £9.50

Opening
February half term (16th – 24th) 10am – 5pm DAILY
GOOD FRIDAY – end September 10am – 6pm DAILY
SUMMER school hols 10am – 7pm DAILY
October 10am – 5pm (closed Mondays, except half term week)
November – end March CLOSED
New Year’s Day 10am – 4pm FREE OPEN DAY!

Adsress and future information
Tunnels Beaches, Bath Place
Ilfracombe, North Devon

Parking at the Bath Street or another parking space in the city.
Tunnels Beaches is located at the Blue Bar Cafe.

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