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Dining/living area
Chilling out at Ocean Backpackers
Ocean Backpackers at dusk
Ilfracombe from Hillsborough sunset
Surfing at Woolacombe
Family time at Ocean Backpackers
Reading in a quiet corner at Ocean Backpackers
Dining at Ocean Backpackers
Ilfracombe harbour is a 1 minute walk away!
Outside terrace for a morning coffee at Ocean Backpackers
You could not ask for a better location!
Kitchen at Ocean Backpackers
Double bedroom at Ocean Backpackers
Double room at Ocean Backpackers
Family bedroom at Ocean Backpackers
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Family room at Ocean Backpackers
Shared bathroom at Ocean Backpackers
5-bed shared dorm at Ocean Backpackers
5-bed dorm at Ocean Backpackers
Single room at Ocean Backpackers
Family room with bunk beds at Ocean Backpackers
Family room at Ocean Backpackers
8-bed dorm at Ocean Backpackers
Sunset at Saunton Sands
Boat and coat room with heated boot rack at Ocean Backpackers
South West Coast Path which runs nearby
Cycling to Woolacombe
Ilfracombe Harbour at sunset
Sunset in Ilfracombe
Chilling out at Ocean Backpackers
Ocean Backpackers at dusk
Ilfracombe from Hillsborough sunset
Surfing at Woolacombe

Ocean Backpackers, Ilfracombe, Devon

Sleeps 8 - 44 11 Bedrooms 22 Dining

Great value self-catering bunkhouse hostel in Ilfracombe for exclusive or shared use by large groups and families

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. Ocean Backpackers, Ilfracombe, Devon, sleeps 8 - 44 in 11 bedrooms.

Ocean Backpackers offer 38 beds, sleeps up to 44 (up to 49 with trundle beds) with exclusive use or shared use.

Ocean Backpackers is an independently owned family run hostel in Ilfracombe, offering great value accommodation for solo, travellers, families and groups. The hostel is situated very close to the picturesque Ilfracombe Harbour (home to Damien Hirst's bronze statue Verity) and within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The hostel offers excellent facilities for families and friends, walkers, cyclists, surfers, activity groups and clubs, and schools who come to North Devon to relax in quality, comfortable, budget accommodation and enjoy the great outdoors.

The large well equipped kitchen has everything you need to cater for a large group. It contains a large dining table to seat 8 and the additional dining area can comfortably accommodate another 22.

Our communal lounge has comfy versatile built-in seating with build-in sockets and USB ports. We have tables for dining, using a laptop or playing board games and additional lounge chairs for reading. There's an array of books and games, free WiFi and a wall mounted TV, plus a table tennis table.

There's a cloakroom with a heated boot rail and hangers for wet suits under cover, and a large storage basement suitable for bikes, surf boards or kayaks.

The property has bedrooms spread over 3 floors, including a ground floor 5 bed dorm with en suite facilities. Bedroom sizes range from an 8-bed dorm down to a single room, many of them en suite.

Ilfracombe is full of curious coastal charm and there are many pubs, cafes, shops and top restaurants within walking distance plus the historic Tunnel Beaches. The South West Coast Path is close by and so is the start of the Devon Coast-to-Coast Cycle Route 27 and the Tarka Trail. It really is spectacular walking and cycling country!

Just a short drive away are the beautiful sandy surf beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde and also Exmoor National Park.



Good mobile reception, good free WiFi.


We will endeavour to accommodate any person with a disability/special needs. There is difficult access for wheelchairs - please contact us to discuss.

Dog Friendly

We may allow extremely well behaved dogs by arrangement and if so, we charge £10 per night per dog.


Well equipped, clean and spacious kitchen. Large cooker with extra separate grill, microwave, 2 large fridges, 1 small freezer, cutlery and crockery.

Dining Room

Kitchen and living/dining room. Seating for up to 30.

Sitting Room

Built-in seating with sockets and USB ports, tables, a flat screen TV, books, games and a table tennis table.

TV and Music Facilities

Smart TV available so you can play music or watch TV with free Internet access. We also have a guitar for guests to use.

Games Room

We do not have a separate games room but communal living area has plenty of games, books and a table tennis table.

Heating and Open Fires

Gas central heating and an electric (fake wood burning) stove for winter bookings.


2 x 5 bed dorms (1 ground floor and en suite),1 x 8 bed dorm. 2 double rooms, 5 family rooms (sleeping 4 or 5) and 1 single room. Several en suite.


Quilts, pillows and sheets are provided. Towels can be hired for £2.


Two WCs on ground and one on first floor. Most rooms en suite on 1st and 2nd floor. 3rd floor has 2 bathrooms.

Children's Facilities

Games, toys and videos are provided. Small enclosed patio area and the beach and harbour are close by.


Small patio area with bistro tables perfect for morning coffee al fresco! BBQs not allowed.

Swimming Pool

We do not have a pool but there is a leisure pool near the harbour and the sea for those brave enough!


We can offer free parking for up to 4 cars (exclusive hire only) and there is a pay and display car park behind the Hostel.


Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises. There is a dedicated smoking area outside at the rear of the property.

Booking Information

Bookings for this property can be made via the Book Now button, which will take you to the HostelWorld website to complete checkout. 

From £30 per person per night minimum 2 night stay, minimum booking 35 beds. We require a 25% non-refundable deposit on booking and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to the stay. We also require a returnable property bond. Min stay 3 nights over Xmas & New Year and Bank Holidays.

Show Availability

Please contact the owner for availability dates


In Ilfracombe harbour, near great beaches for surfing and play, and Exmoor, as well as the South West Coastal Path. Walking distance from the stop for buses and the National Express.

  • No bus station but buses from Barnstaple and National Express stop very nearby.
  • Barnstaple train station - 30 mins drive, Tiverton Parkway - 1 hour drive.
  • Ilfracombe.
  • The nearest convenience store is about 150 yards away. There is a Lidl/Co-op within walking distance and Tesco a short drive away.
  • We have many great pubs, cafés and restaurants within walking distance of the hostel.
  • Exeter and Bristol.

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