Ilfracombe has several beaches, all quite different. Rapparree Cove is a small secluded beach mainly of shingle, next to the Ilfracombe harbour and backed by the high cliffs of Hillsborough. Ilfracombe harbour has a sandy beach among the moored boats with the splendid Ilfracombe Life Boat Station to the rear of it with a long slip into the harbour. Wilder beach is along the coast beside the Landmark Theatre. This is a rocky beach becoming more sandy as the tide goes out. This is more central to the town and closer to refreshments.
The Tunnels beach (pictured) is unique. So called because the beach is accessed through tunnels dug by the Victorians. There are two beaches here, one used to be for gentlemen and the other for ladies. There is a sea-water swimming pool here and refreshments. There is an entrance fee to these immaculate shingle beaches.