Chapel of St Nicholas

Chapel of St Nicholas

The Chapel of St Nicholas is a historical church located on The Quay in Ilfracombe, England

Built in 1530 during the reign of Henry VIII, this Grade II listed building is now owned by the National Trust

It became the focus of Protestant worship after the Reformation in 1549 and has since been used by Anglican, Methodist and Baptist congregations

Inside the chapel, visitors can find several stained-glass windows dating from the sixteenth century

It is an important part of English history and is a reminder of its religious heritage

Today, visitors can explore this charming church and admire its simple beauty


Click any of the images of Chapel of St Nicholas below to see larger versions


Below is a video of Chapel of St Nicholas.

You can follow us on YouTube here

Contact Information

Chapel of St Nicholas Reviews

Below are the latest reviews of Chapel of St Nicholas.

Based on 44 reviews
powered by Google
Opening Hours:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, UK

Cymru Jon avatarCymru Jon
a year ago
A great place to visit when you are at the harbour in Ilfracombe. It's a steep climb up but you are rewarded with stunning views from the old sailors chapel. The volunteer was also excellent and talked us through the fascinating history of the chapel. Free to visit.
Chloe Westall avatarChloe Westall
9 months ago
Lovely little view point ! Nice to see the historic side of Ilfracombe. Nice little walk up to it slightly steep but short so is doable without too much effort.
Mahesh Paigude avatarMahesh Paigude
9 months ago
Beautiful view from top. Chapel well maintained from inside. Staff was very helpful to discuss.
Helen Clarke avatarHelen Clarke
2 years ago
What a lovely treat to go up Lantern Hill and peak inside. The building dates back to 1321. It has had many uses over the years! It was a place of worship and also a lighthouse keeper home. With a family of two adults and 14 children. Definitely worth a viewing when in Ilfracombe.
Nikhil Puri avatarNikhil Puri
2 years ago
Dating back to 1321 the chapel was built as a place of worship for the people of Ilfracombe living and working around the harbour. From the middle ages the chapel maintained a light to guide shipping into the harbour. It is still a working lighthouse today and is said to be the oldest in the country. When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1540 St Nicholas ceased to be a chapel.Around 1849 Mr John Davey began living there as lighthouse keeper with is laundress wife Elizabeth raising a family of 14 children. John died in 1870 but the family lived there until 1871when the family moved down to the Quay. The chapel has also been used as a summer reading room but then it remained much neglected until 1962 when it was restored by the Rotarians of the town.The chapel is today regarded as a special place of interest within the town and is an iconic landmark overlooking the harbour. The old porch has been transformed into a small chancel and occasional services are held there. The chapel is maintained by Ilfracombe Rotary Club and run largely by volunteers. It is free to look around but donations are welcome. All the money raised goes to charity.
See All Reviews


The address for Chapel of St Nicholas we have is: The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, UK. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

Related Things to See & Do

Here are the related things to see and do Chapel of St Nicholas which are also in and around Bideford.

Author Matt Ogborne
Matt Ogborne
About the Author

Welcome to! I’m Matt, a seasoned explorer and avid fan of Bideford and the broader North Devon area. With over a decade of consistent family visits, virtually every weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the rich history and vibrant culture Bideford & North Devon.

On this site, you’ll find a wealth of knowledge amassed from my adventures here. From in-depth local guides to engaging blog posts about Bideford. Whether you’re looking for recommendations on things to do or guidance on where to stay we have you covered. Join me as we delve into the heart of Bideford, North Devon – a town that’s more than just a destination, but an experience waiting to be discovered.

Do you want to see your favourite Bideford attraction, place to stay, event or activity listed here? Contact Us!

We have done our best to ensure that the details about Chapel of St Nicholas are correct at the time of publishing. But do be aware that things change over time and we’re also human. We do not provide all the content in our web listings. Much of it comes from third-parties. Consequently, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or misrepresentations in these listings. Please note that the information presented here is solely for informational purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by us.