Tunnels Beaches

Escape to the Tunnels Beaches in its breathtaking coastal scenery, hand-carved tunnels, and hidden sandy coves that create a truly unique and unforgettable seaside retreat.

Tunnels Beaches

Tunnels Beaches is an attraction situated in the stunning seaside town of Ilfracombe, Devon, UK

This unique attraction gives guests the opportunity to explore a historic Victorian-era bathing cove dug out of the rugged coastline

Built between 1823 and 1834, Tunnels Beaches showcases a remarkable feat of engineering that forms four sheltered beaches revealed from natural tunnel entrances in the rock face

Visitors may explore each sea cave in turn and enjoy spectacular views across the coast

The site also features a full-service bar and eatery, as well as a shop where visitors can purchase beach souvenirs

Tunnels Beaches is a must-see for any fan of natural wonders and offers visitors the chance to experience some of Britain’s most remarkable maritime engineering firsthand


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Tunnels, hand-carved in the 1820s, leading to sheltered bathing areas, a tidal pool and a cafe/bar.

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Address: Bath Pl, Ilfracombe EX34 8AN, UK

Anett Árvai avatarAnett Árvai
a week ago
Amazingly beautiful and breathtaking. :D Lot to see and walk around so it should be at least half-day activity. It does have entrance fee, but 3.75£ is really not much for unlimited time a day. ;)
This is a wedding photographers dream venue! I love the uniqueness of its setting and how the spaces inside and out provide the perfect backdrop to the ocean. Outside ceremonies are superb! Great team who make sure everything is on point for the day's celebration and couples can arrange to have their preparations in Bath House or the Courtyard apartments. With access to the beach when the tide is out it gets even better in the evening when it is closed to the general public and you have the place all to yourself in the evening, meaning if you do get lucky with the weather it's one of the best golden hour and sunset spots around! Super atmosphere for a party into the evening as well. Can't wait to go back! Here's a few frames from a Springtime wedding.
Emily Mcgroarty avatarEmily Mcgroarty
2 weeks ago
My now husband and I got married at Tunnels Beaches in April 2024 after visiting the venue (the only one we visited) back in September 2023. As soon as we arrived at the venue we were sold, there truly is no other venue you like it in the UK, it's just so unique and gorgeous.Jamie (the owner) and his team were a dream to work with throughout the planning process, with Jamie often replying to any silly question we had no matter the time or day. We booked the courtyard onsite accommodation too which I would really recommend as well as it's the perfect spot to host a paella party on the night before!The wedding day went off without hitch and despite rain all morning we were so lucky to be able to get married outside on the beautiful terrace. The food was incredible and the venue staff made every effort to make things light, easy and run smoothly.We really hope someone we know chooses to get married here as we'd love to return. The town itself is also awesome and provides the perfect backdrop for friends and family to enjoy a lovely weekend in Devon. We'd totally recommend the circular walk followed by the Wetherspoons roof terrace the next day to shake off the hangover.Thank you thank you thank you to the tunnels team and if you're considering getting married here… do it and have the most magical day of your life!!
Alex Wilkinson avatarAlex Wilkinson
a month ago
Lovely secluded beach, £3.75 per adult to get in but lots of beach and a tidal swimming pool. We would have come earlier and stayed longer if we knew how nice it would be!
Jill Cross avatarJill Cross
a week ago
Beautiful….well worth a Visit Take a deckchair and take in the scenery and the sea ..walk through the wonderfully preserved tunnel to a lovely beach .. with nice coffee shop and all the staff are friendly and helpful….
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The address for Tunnels Beaches we have is: Bath Pl, Ilfracombe EX34 8AN, UK. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

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