Walk - Ilfracombe's Jubilee Gardens

Walk information provided with help from Natural England. Map reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey on behalf of HMSO. © Crown copyright and database right 2019. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100022021.

Route Description

This walk is one of a series of walks to be found at www.phototrails.org The website aims "to help everyone discover and enjoy access to the countryside, tailored to their own needs and preferences." It is run by the Fieldfare Trust who work with people with disabilities and countryside managers to improve access to the countryside for everyone.

Although now North Devon's largest holiday town, Ilfracombe has its origins in Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. During the medieval period it had two centres, around the church and around the harbour. It was important as a fishing harbour and commercial port and there was a quay here in the Middle Ages.

Ilfracombe began to develop as a holiday resort in the early 1800s, although it was the coming of the railway in the 1870s which really marked the beginning of the town's large-scale expansion. As a result of this it is now one of Devon's best examples of a town dominated by Victorian architecture.

Althopugh much of the town dates from Victorian times, some of the prominent sea-facing terraces are earlier, from the 1830s, when it began to develop as a select resort.

  1. Jubilee Gardens are formed on a steep slope above the Ilfracombe Museum located between Wilder Road and the sea, merging on its East side with the Landmark Theatre. Jubilee Gardens is an open, grassed area with flower beds, shrubs and trees criss-crossed with footpaths.

For further details about this walk go to the Jubilee Gardens Phototrail on the Phototrails website.

Nearby refreshments

There are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Ilfracombe.

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