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

Ivy & Pine avatarIvy & Pine
4 months ago
The Tunnels. Wow. What a venue! I can’t say that we have been to any other wedding venue with your own private beach!The location alone is enough to make you interested in The Tunnels but when you get to look around the venue it’s all beautiful. The ceremony space outdoors is great, amazing views to the side and backed with cliffs made it a great space for photography.We love the multiple levels at this venue. It really allows you to enjoy the views. The reception room for meals and the evening entertainment has huge panoramic windows which, when you have a location like this, is exactly what you want.The sunset on the evening we were there was gorgeous. Being able to watch it from such a great view while chatting around a fire pit has to be one of the top ways to end your wedding day right?!We are both huge fans of Devon and love being by the coast. If this sounds like you then you should definitely look at The Tunnels for your venue. The location, venue and staff are all amazing. You won’t be disappointed.
Lisa White avatarLisa White
5 months ago
Absolutely beautiful! When the tide went out the rocks appeared….Great for paddle boarding, snorkeling and swimming. Just be mindful of the rocks if the tide is in. It was fairly quiet on the beach but parking can be somewhat of a nightmare but you will eventually find a space. There is lots to do if you've had enough of the beach. You have the tunnels, arcades, rides etc. Great place to visit 😊👍
Tom Phelpstead avatarTom Phelpstead
4 months ago
Didn't know what to expect. But wow, to see all the history and even walk through the history makes you feel like you've gone back in time nearly 200 years. To see the pond slowly reveal itself is amazing. So much to read regarding events and disasters. The old water pump is only just about still standing. It's a great place to go. Buy one of their books about the place too, less than £3 and worth every penny… go you will enjoy it.. Worth the £3.50 to get in.. and the ticket lasts the day so you can go and come back as many times as you like on the day you've paid for…
Paul Knowles avatarPaul Knowles
3 months ago
Very interesting and informative with a real accounts of what occurred in the early 1800's. You can still swimming in the pools for not alot of money and the changing rooms and toilets are very modern clean and welcoming. I like the written accounts of the who what went why and how. This place reminds you that swimming was not a skill or activity that many had mastered and the tunnels were chipped by hand as they were pre dynamite.
Daniel Totterdell avatarDaniel Totterdell
6 months ago
Would highly recommend a visit to here … very nice beach and relaxed atmosphere, tickets are about £3-4 per person to enter and this allows you to re-enter all day. There is a small shop there that sells drinks & food halfway through the tunnels and they also rent beach chairs for £2 for a whole day. In general the beach was clean, it was not overcrowded and had a great feel to it. Unfortunately they do not allow dogs onto the beach though so if you have dogs don’t go here!
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