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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Opening Hours:
Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: Bath Pl, Ilfracombe EX34 8AN, UK

Daniel Totterdell avatarDaniel Totterdell
a month 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!
Bryn Davies avatarBryn Davies
2 weeks ago
Was taken by surprise by this – wasn’t expecting the spectacular views. Cost £12.50 for us (family of 4) to enter.One of the beaches was closed due to a wedding, however we did enjoy what we did see – it is obviously a popular spot but it wasn’t too overcrowded.Would recommend beach shoes for children if you do visit as beach is rocky as is the water if they paddle.
Jade Snelling avatarJade Snelling
3 months ago
Tunnels Beach is an absolute must-visit on a lovely sunny day! The beach is stunning, and the tunnels add a unique and interesting element to the experience. The water is crystal clear, with pebbly beaches with sun loungers on hand on use. It's the perfect spot for a relaxing day at the beach or to explore the rock pools.
Suze Forsyth avatarSuze Forsyth
2 months ago
loved it. I'm definitely going to visit again. Cafe staff lovely, cups of tea & pasty very good. Only be lush if they could dumped 100 ton of golden sand on the beach , as I hate shingle & stones 🤣😁
David Taylor avatarDavid Taylor
a month ago
Well maintained. Toilets that double for changing rooms, which is fine. No shower. But none of that is why you're here. You're here for the tidal pool, and it is ace. Brave the temperature and you'll be rewarded with a bracing swim, great view back up the cliffs and out to sea. The pool really is best 3.5 hours after high tide. A bit of history and whimsy.
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